GE Recalls Dishwashers for Fire Hazard

General Electric
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General Electric (GE) announced Tuesday that it is recalling 174,000 dishwashers because of a potential fire hazard.

GE Profile and GE Monogram dishwashers may be susceptible to water condensation dripping onto the electronic control board, resulting in a short circuit and an overheated connector. That can potentially spell bad news.

GE says there's been five reported cases of fires, with four resulting in minor damage to kitchen countertops in the area above the dishwasher and in one case minor damage to adjacent cabinets and smoke damage to the home. No injuries, however, have been reported.

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The dishwashers were sold in retail stores nationwide between July 2003 to December 2006 and came in white, black, bisque, stainless steel, or with custom panels.

GE is advising owners to disconnect the appliance by turning off the circuit breaker or the fuse feeding it electricity. The company is providing a free in-home repair, or will fork over a $200 GE rebate towards the purchase of a new GE Profile dishwasher or a $400 rebate for a new GE Monogram dishwasher.

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