GE has recalled 1.3 million dishwashers after reports of fires caused by an electrical fault with the heating element.
The recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday. It pertains to models sold between March 2006 and August 2009, for between $350 and $850.
15 fires have been attributed to this defect so far, three of which caused extensive property damage, though no personal injuries were reported.
To see if your dishwasher is affected by the recall, check the metallic plate located on the left wall of the wash tub. Affected dishwashers are listed in the chart below.
If your dishwasher is one of the faulty models, immediately stop using it, and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it.
Consumers should not try to return their dishwashers to the retailers where they were purchased. Instead, call 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 at www.geappliances.com/recall.
GE will repair the heating element at no cost in your own home. Owners are also eligible for a 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.
GE has set up a page where owners can enter their serial number to see if their model is affected (click here) and an FAQ page about the recall (click here). Also see the original recall notice at the CPSC website.