July 2, 2002  

Whirlpool Announce Recall of Washer and Gas Dryer Units


Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 17,000 combination washer and gas dryer units. The gas dryer can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Whirlpool has received two reports of the unit overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The recalled 24-inch washer and gas dryer units were sold under the Whirlpool®, Kenmore® and General Electric® brand names, which is written on the control panel of the units. They are white or light tan. The model and serial number are located behind the dryer door at the top of the opening. Model and serial numbers of units covered by this recall are as follows:

Brand                                                     Model Numbers                                   Serial Number

Whirlpool Compact Thin Twin          LTG5243DZ2                                         Begins with MM, ML or MK


Kenmore Laundry Center                   110.98752792                                         Begins with MM, ML or MK


General Electric Unitized                     WSM2480TBAWW                            Has Z, A or D as the second character

Spacemaker                                           WSM2480TCAWW           

Home improvement and department stores, new construction builders and remodelers sold these units nationwide from January 2000 through May 2002 for between $800 and $960.

Consumers should stop using these washer and gas dryer units and unplug them immediately. Do not attempt to shut off the gas supply. Call toll free at (866) 251-1607 anytime to arrange a free in-home service and repair. For more information, consumers can visit Whirlpool's recall web site at www.repair.whirlpool.com. Consumers should have the model and serial numbers of their washer and gas dryer units available when they call. Whirlpool Media Contact: Tom Kline, (616) 923-3738. Washer and dryer units with electric dryers are not involved in the recall.