Published: Jun 03, 2010 2:08 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2010 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whirlpool Corp.'s Maytag unit is recalling

about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the

recall Thursday, says the company, part of Whirlpool Corp., has

received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher

heating element that led to fires and damage.

One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency said. No

injuries have been reported.

The recall includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic

Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic

tubs. The recalled dishwashers were made with black, bisque, white,

silver and stainless steel front panels and sold at department and

appliance stores nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010.

They cost between $250 and $900.

CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled

dishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the

fuse or circuit breaker controlling it.

Consumers can schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate

of $150 or $250 toward the purchase of select new Maytag

dishwashers. The amount of the rebate depends on the type of model

to be purchased.

A company spokeswoman says Whirlpool set aside $75 million to

cover the costs of the recall.

More information on the numerous serial numbers involved in the

recall can be found at the company's website or the website for the

Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall is Maytag's second of more than a million major

appliances in a little more than a year. It recalled 1.6 million

refrigerators because of fire risks in March 2009.

Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., bought Maytag in March

2006 in a $1.8 billion deal.