August 10, 2012
Fire Hazard Reported For Some GE Dishwasher Models
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Over 1-million dishwashers are being recalled by maker General Electric (GE) after reports of electrical failures from the appliances caused “extensive” property damage, reports Tim Catts for Bloomberg. The company alerted the commission to the fire risk, GE Spokesman Kim Freeman said in an e-mail.
The washers are plastic tub dishwashers, manufactured between March 2006 through July 2006, and November 2006 through April 2008. under brand names including GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint for as much as $850, the agency said in a statement. The agency also suggested people should stop using the dishwashers and immediately disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker.
“Consumers should stop using these dishwashers immediately and disconnect the power,” Inez Moore Tenenbaum, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said today at a Washington news conference.
Tenenbaum claimed seven fires were reported among 15 heating-element failures, with three blazes causing “extensive” damage. Owners should contact GE for free repairs or vouchers toward the purchase of a new unit, the commission said.
GE is investing $800 million to upgrade its appliance factory in Louisville, Kentucky, and revamp product lines such as refrigerators and water heaters. That includes $150 million to redesign dishwashers and buy more parts for the machines from U.S. sources, according to an Aug. 6 statement.
For more information on the dishwasher recall, you can contact GE at (866) 918-8760 or visit GE´s website at geappliances.com/recall.