Here are statements concerning dishwasher safety from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, General Electric, and Whirlpool.
"We care deeply about the safety of families impacted by dishwasher fire incidents and we have conducted numerous investigations into incidents reported to CPSC in recent years. To date, most of the fire or smoldering incidents were contained inside of the dishwasher, where the lack of oxygen and combustible materials prevented a larger incident from occurring. However, incidents of fire or overheating are a serious concern for CPSC, and will be investigated thoroughly.
"In the past two decades, we have announced 15 voluntary recalls of dangerous or faulty dishwashers. Consumers are encouraged to check CPSC.gov to see if their dishwasher has ever been recalled. CPSC staff continues to investigate dishwasher incidents, so we encourage consumers who experience a safety problem with their dishwasher to log on to our website SaferProducts.gov and report it to our agency."
"GE takes pride in the quality and safety of its dishwashers. Product safety is a fundamental commitment at GE, and our appliances—including all GE dishwashers—meet applicable third-party industry safety requirements. GE investigates reported safety issues, and initiates corrective action when appropriate, including notifying consumers in cooperation with appropriate agencies. Consumers with questions or concerns about any GE appliance product are encouraged to contact the GE Answer Center toll free at 1-800-626-2005."
"Whirlpool Corporation builds its dishwashers with, among many other state-of-the-art safety features, components that turn off power to the electronic control board in the extremely unlikely event that the control board begins to overheat. The safety features are designed to limit potential damage to the unit.
Product quality and consumer safety are among Whirlpool Corporation’s top priorities. We are currently investigating incidents that have been brought to our attention and, as always, working closely with the appropriate agencies in doing so. We encourage consumers to contact us if they experience any difficulty with our products at 1-800-422-1230."
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