Maytag voluntarily recalled certain refrigerators sold under the Admiral brand in 2009 due to a serious fire hazard. The hazard involved the potential of overheating caused by an electrical failure in the relay component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor.
Admiral refrigerators involved in the recall included side-by-side and top-freezer models sold at department and appliance stores and installed by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004. These units were priced between approximately $350 and $1,600. The Admiral models with freezers at the bottom of the appliances were not affected by this recall.
Consumers can view an official copy of the 2009 recall notice by visiting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website and running a search in the agency's product recall database for Admiral recalls. The notice includes the serial and model numbers of the products that the recall covers. It also explains that consumers should contact Maytag to schedule a free in-home repair and provides contact information for the company.
Established in 1972, the CPSC is responsible for ensuring the safety of the public against defective consumer products that can cause injury or death. The CPSC website is the best place to obtain comprehensive information about the status of any recall.