GE has issued a voluntary recall on 1.3 million dishwashers, because of a possible fire hazard. The affected models include GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, and Hotpoint dishwashers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
GE has stated that the dishwashers’ heating elements can fail, posing a fire risk. So far, there have been seven reported fires, three of which caused “extensive property damage,” reports the International Business Times. There have been no reported injuries so far.
The affected models were sold in the US between March 2006 and August 2009 and went for between $350 and $850. The machines are plastic tub dishwashers that have front controls. They were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel, and CleanSteel exteriors.
Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the product safety commission, recommended that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers and “disconnect the power supply to the unit.” Yahoo! News notes that the model numbers of GE dishwashers that are being recalled begin with:
“GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61, GSD62, GSD63, GSD66, GSD67, GSD69, GLDL, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, EDW5, EDW6, GHD4, GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4 and GHDA6, and for Hotpoint, HLD4. Serial numbers beging with: FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL,AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM, AR, DR, FR and GR.”
Consumers who are affected can contact GE, who is offering either a free in-home repair, or a GE rebate of $75 or $100 toward the purchase of a new GE dishwasher. GE has asked that consumers not return the recalled dishwashers to the store they purchased them from, as the retailers will not be taking the units back.
For a full list of the GE recalled dishwashers, and to see if your dishwasher may be included, click here.
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