October 19, 19993.1 Million Dishwashers
Recalled by General Electric
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - - In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), General Electric (GE) Appliances,
of Louisville, Ky., is voluntarily recalling about 3.1 million GE and Hotpoint brand
dishwashers, manufactured between April 1983 and January 1989. The dishwashers have a
slide switch that allows consumers to choose between heat drying and energy saver
functions. Over time, the slide switch can melt and ignite, presenting a fire hazard.
GE and CPSC have reports of 50 fires, seven
of which spread beyond the dishwashers. In three cases, the structure of the house or
apartment was damaged. No injuries have been reported.
The GE and Hotpoint dishwashers that are being
recalled are model GSD500D, GSD500G, GSD540, HDA467, HDA477 or HDA487 with a serial number
that has a second letter of A, M, R, S, T, V or Z (for example, BM12345). The model and
serial numbers are located on a rectangular label that is on either the right or left
front edge of the inner tub. The GE or Hotpoint brand name is on the front of the
Consumers should stop using the recalled
dishwashers immediately. Keep the dishwasher door unlatched to prevent the flow of
electric current from the latch to the slide switch. GE is offering consumers a
rebate toward the purchase of a new dishwasher. Contact GE at (800) 599-2929
anytime or www.geappliancerecall.com for
information on how to participate in the rebate program.
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