General Electric recalls 1.3 million dishwashers for fire hazard

PHOENIX - General Electric Appliances and the U.S. Consumer Producer Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint dishwashers.

The company said it received 15 reports of electrical failure in the dishwashers' heating elements, resulting in seven fires as of August 9, 2012. No injuries were reported.

Last year, the ABC15 Investigators found, the Consumer Producer Safety Commission logged more than 1,600 dishwasher complaints in the last five years. Eighty percent of the time, consumers reported fires.

Consumers reported smoke and fire in General Electric, Frigidaire and Whirlpool dishwashers. However, most complaints were about Whirlpool products.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated at least one KitchenAid dishwasher fire last year, according to one consumer. KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool Corporation.

To check to see if you own one of these dishwashers, click here and read the press release from GE and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

If you do, you can contact GE for a free in-home repair and rebate.

To read statements from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, General Electric and Whirlpool in our original investigation, click here .

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