The manufacturer of GE dishwashers, located in Louisville, KY, has issued an immediate recall for over a million dishwashers due to customer complaints of fires caused by faulty wiring.

These fires start instantaneously and with no warning.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued the following information regarding this recall. If you have any of these products, you should immediately stop using them and report that you are in possession of such a product to receive information for a remedy.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brand dishwashers. They were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel(tm) exterior colors and finishes. The model and serial numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub wall visible when the door is opened. Model and serial numbers will start with one of the following sequences:

Brands: GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, Hotpoint

Model Number Begins With (except Hotpoint): GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61, GSD62, GSD63, GSD66, GSD67, GSD69, GLDL, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, EDW5, EDW6, GHD4, GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6

Model Number Begins With (Hotpoint): HLD4

Serial Number Begins With: FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL, AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM, AR, DR, FR, GR

Sold at: Appliance dealers, authorized builder distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 through August 2009 for between $ 350 and $ 850.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. For all dishwashers, contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $ 75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub dishwasher, or a rebate of $ 100 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control stainless tub dishwasher or GE Profile top control dishwasher. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website.

Several years ago, this writer experienced a fire/explosion in the oven caused by the element and wires getting overheated. At that time, there were no recalls. However, there were massive complaints filed and listed on Sears’ web site. My daughter was baking cookies when the whole inside of the oven exploded. It carried the Kenmore name; but was made by GE.

Article involving the glass top stove explosion.

This is not the first recall on these dishwashers where many more complaints of fire were reported. There were 3.5 recalled previously.

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