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GE Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard


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WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 26, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation GE Appliances & Lighting of Louisville, Ky has announced a voluntary recall of about 174,000 GE Profileâ„¢ and GE Monogram® Dishwashers for a defect that can allow condensation to drip onto the electronic control board, cause a short circuit, result in an overheated connector and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

According to GE, the company has received five reports of fires, four of which caused minor damage to the kitchen countertops where the dishwashers were installed and one that caused minor damage to adjacent cabinets and smoke damage to the home. No injuries have so far been reported.

The recall involves all GE Profile dishwashers manufactured between July 2003 and December 2005 and GE Monogram dishwashers manufactured between January 2004 and December 2006 and sold by appliance retailers and builder distributors for between $750 and $1400.

The dishwashers were sold in white, black, bisque, stainless steel and with custom panels. A copy of the recall notice complete with serial numbers and photographs of the recalled dishwashers is available here. The model number and serial numbers are on the data label on the front left side of the dishwasher tub.

The CPSC advises that consumer stop using the recalled dishwashers immediately, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker that powers the circuit to the dishwasher, inform all users about the risk of fire and then contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $200 for the purchase of a new GE Profile dishwasher and a GE rebate of $400 for purchase of a new GE Monogram dishwasher.

For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (877) 275-6840 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website.

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