GE washing machine recall: Front loaders caught fire
Faulty wiring has caused at least seven of the washers to have flames shooting out of them, the CPSC said. A wire inside the machines can break and touch metal on the washtub, the safety agency said.
The washers, which sold for about $700, were made in China. About 181,000 washing machines are involved in this recall.
Just last week, Maytag issued a recall for 1.7 million dishwashers due to an electrical problem that also poses a fire hazard.
The recalled washing machines have model numbers beginning with this sequence: WBVH5. The serial numbers start with these letters: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS.
For more information or two arrange a repair, call GE weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (888) 345-4124 or visit the company's recall site.