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Maytag dishwashers affected by recall


WASHINGTON --- 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. 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 nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010. They cost between $250 and $900.

Airlines comply with limit on tarmac delays

NEW YORK --- The government said Thursday that airlines virtually wiped out three-hour tarmac delays in April before huge fines for holding passengers on the runway went into effect.

Airlines faced fines up to $27,500 per passenger for tarmac delays of more than three hours.

Carriers improved their overall on-time performance, too. The 18 airlines that report statistics to the Transportation Department were on time 85.3 percent of the time in April, compared with a rate of 79.1 percent a year earlier and 80 percent in March. Most delays were caused by late-arriving aircraft and aviation system delays.