General Electric and the CPSC announced a recall of 174,000 GE dishwashers due to reports of a potential fire hazard. GE, which is based in Fairfield, Connecticut, is the largest maker of appliances for new homes in the country. No injuries due to the fire hazard have yet been reported.
The fire hazard from the dishwashers occurs when water condensation drips onto an electronic control board, causing it to short-circuit, Bloomberg reports. Five fires were reported, four caused minor damage to the countertops where the washers were installed and one damaged nearby cabinets and caused minor smoke damage.
GE also recalled dishwashers due to fire hazards in 2007.
The GE recall covers the following models: Profile models made between July 2002 and December 2005, Monogram models made between January 2004 and December 2006. The recall covers all models in white, black, bisque, stainless steel and with some custom panels.
The recalled dishwashers were sold in retail stores nationwide, appliance dealers and authorized builder distributors from July 2003 through December 2006 for between $750 and $1,400.
Customers with recalled appliances may contact GE for a free in-home repair or a rebate of $200 for the purchase of a new GE Profile dishwasher and a rebate of $400 for purchase of a new GE Monogram dishwasher. For more information on the GE recall, customers can call the recall hotline at 1-877-275-6840. To check serial numbers on the machines, customers can also visit the GE website.
A full list of the recalled GE Profile and Monogram models with serial numbers is available here.
To report an incident or injury with this product, visit the CPSC website here.