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Maytag and Samsung brand washing machines that might have been sold at Army and Air Force Exchange Service outlets are being recalled due to electrical problems, according to an AAFES release.

About 250,000 Maytag units and 20,000 Samsung units are being recalled, the release says. AAFES and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling front-loading model machines.

According to AAFES, water leakage onto the electrical connections to the washer’s thermal sensor could cause an electrical short that could ignite the circuit board.

Maytag has received five reports of circuit boards igniting, and Samsung has received one report, the release states. No injuries, fires or property damage outside the washers has been reported.

The machines were sold at stores nationwide in the States from April 2005 to August 2006. According to the release, AAFES sold the Maytag models through direct marketing and possibly through some stores via special order.

For Maytag machines, the recall includes washers with the model numbers MAH9700 and MAH8700. Washers with the following two letters at the end of their serial numbers also are affected: GA, GC, GE, GG, GJ, GL, GN, GP, GR, GT, GV, GX, JA, JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL and JN.

Model and serial numbers are located on a tag at the bottom of the door opening.

For Samsung machines, model numbers affected are WF306BHW or model numbers beginning with WF316. Models that have six digits at the end of a serial number that ranges from 100001 through 799999 and ends in a letter are also affected. For example, the overall serial number would be 230854AL300026B. If those last six numbers before the final letter are between 100001 and 799999, the machine is affected.

For more information on the Maytag recall, log on to www.washerrecall.com, or call (800) 868-5109 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

For Samsung, log on to Samsung.com/washerrecall, or call (800) 515-7902 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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