GE announces recall of certain dishwashers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the General Electric Company (GE) have announced a voluntary recall of 1.3 million Hotpoint, GE and GE Profile, GE Eterna and GE Adora plastic tub dishwashers, manufactured between March 2006 through July 2006, and November 2006 through April 2008.  

Though no injuries have been reported, an electrical failure in certain dishwasher’s can cause a fire hazard. GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage.

As a remedy, GE is offering free in-home repair or 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. 

Consumers were advised not to return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back, according to the press release.