Refrigerator company recalls 1.6 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maytag says that it has voluntarily recalled about 1.6 million of its refrigerators due to an electrical problem that could create a fire hazard.

The Newton, Iowa-based company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday the recall relates to Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Maytag, Performa by Maytag and Crosley side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators. They were sold from

January 2001 through January 2004 at department and appliance stores and by homebuilders.

It says an electrical failure in the relay component that turns on the refrigerator's compressor can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

Maytag says the U.S.-made refrigerators were sold for $350 to $1,600.

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