GE is recalling about 174,000 of its high-end Profile and Monogram dishwashers after five consumers reported they caught fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The CPSC said condensation can get onto the dishwashers' electronic control board and short circuit them, which causes a connector to overheat. Four of the five fires only damaged countertops. One also burned nearby cabinets and caused smoke damage to the house.
They were sold nationwide from July 2003 through December 2006 for $750-$1,400. The recalled GE Profile dishwashers were made between July 2002 and December 2005. Those recalled from the Monogram line were made between January 2004 and December 2006. They came in a variety of colors and with custom panels. They were made in the United States.
If you have one of the recalled dishwashers, disconnect it from the electric supply and contact GE to get a free in-home repair or $200 rebate on a new GE Profile dishwasher or a rebate of $400 on a new GE Monogram dishwasher.
Call GE at (877) 275-6840 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the company's recall site, where you can type in your model and serial number to see if yours is included. To find the model and serial numbers, look inside the dishwasher tub on the front, left side.
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