WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a million GE dishwashers are being recalled due to fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the voluntary recall includes about 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint dishwashers. The machines' heating elements can fail and cause fires.
GE has received seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The dishwashers were sold nationwide from March 2006 through August 2009 for $350 to $850.
The government said people should stop using the dishwashers and immediately disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker.
The government said GE will provide free repairs, or rebates toward new dishwashers.
In a speech Thursday at the National Press Club, CPSC chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum credited a new consumer safety law with making people safer. The 2008 law and its implementation have "created one of the strongest product safety systems in the world."
For more information on the dishwasher recall, you can contact GE at (866) 918-8760 or visit GE's website at geappliances.com/recall.
GE is based in Fairfield, Conn.