General Electric to recall 1.3 million dishwashers in US over fire hazard

General Electric Co (GE) yesterday said it is recalling about 1.3 million dishwashers in the US due to failure of heating elements that can lead to fires.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that GE is recalling 1.3 million dishwashers under the GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brands sold between March 2006 and August 2009.

They were sold by dealers and stores nationwide in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel exterior colours for between $350 and $850 each.

CPSC said that electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard.

GE has received 15 incidents of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage, but no injuries have been reported due to this defect.