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GE recalls 1.3 million dishwashers due to fire hazard

General Electric, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a massive recall on dishwashers today.
Louisville - The CPSC's Aug. 9 press release indicates 1.3 million dishwashers are being recalled by the manufacturer due to a potential fire hazard because of an electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element. Reportedly, 15 incidents have been documented, which include seven fires, three of which were severe and caused substantial property damage.
No injuries associated with the recalled dishwashers have been reported at this time. It appears all the recalled appliances were manufactured and sold in the U.S.
According to the release, GE, GE Adora™, GE Eterna™, GE Profile™ and Hotpoint®, Dishwashers are impacted by this recall. These appliances were sold in a variety of colors between March 2006 through August 2009 for between $350 and $850.
If you think your dishwasher may be a part of this recall, you can see a full list of products and their serial/model numbers on GE's designated web page. The model number on a dishwasher to compare with this list can be found on the interior of the dishwasher on a metallic plate on the left tub wall (the CPSC announcement has illustrations).
The Louisville-based manufacturer is asking consumers who own one of these appliances to stop using it immediately until a repair is done. General Electric said it is offering a free repair kit to fix the problem. For consumers that wish to instead replace their appliance, GE is offering two different levels of rebates towards the purchase of a new dishwasher. Details can be found on GE's website.
Consumers with questions or concerns can contact GE at 866-918-8760, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET, or visit the company website at www.geappliances.com/recall.
In May, Digital Journal reported on a separate issue where a group is seeking a lawsuit over other models of dishwashers catching fire; in this case, the companies involved had not issued a recall.

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4 comments

#1Aug 9, 2012 Gar Swaffar
Fortuitously (maybe), mine isn't on the list, unless a problem shows up later.
#2Aug 10, 2012 Leigh Goessl
Hope this one's not expanded!
All the problems I've been reading about has really made me change the way I think when it comes to appliances. Now I never leave the dishwasher running at night time anymore. When buying the current one, the salesman noted as a selling point how quiet it is, you can run it at night. Not such a great selling point I'm thinking....
#3Jan 31, 2013 Boris Blinchevksy
Today 1-30-2012 our GE Profile dishwasher Model PDW7300J10BB from 2007 caught fire. luckily it was around 11pm and I started feeling smell of burnt plastic. I was on the second floor & my 2 kids were sleeping on the second floor. I went downstairs and saw dishwasher in flames and heavy smoke... used fire extinguisher, called firefighters.. long story short I checked online on GE website and this model is NOT under recall...I just submitted CPSC report.. GE products are fire hazard. I will call them tomorrow, but most likely they would say it's not under warranty.... Anyway, I'm just happy I was awake to feel this smell and put fire down (our smoke detector only worked the moment I put fire extinguisher on... need to check batteries), otherwise we could be dead.. thx to GE product.
#4Jan 31, 2013 Leigh Goessl
So glad you and your family are OK! How very frightening. From what I've read over the last year, many brands/models have had issues and are not recalled to date. It sounds as if these recalls need to be expanded and/or manufacturers take a serious look at the components that are causing these fires.

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