GE Recalling Thousands of Washing Machines

June 10, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and General Electrics Appliances & Lighting on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of about 181,000 washing machines.

The appliances are GE Front-Load Washing Machines, and they are being recalled because they pose fire and shock hazards.

According to the recall, “a wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating,” which could cause a fire or shock situation.

GE officials say they are aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the appliances and caused minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. The machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010.

You can find the model and serial numbers on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame.

*All effected model numbers begin with WBVH5

*The serial numbers in question begin with: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS

If you find you own one of the affected machines, stop using it immediately and unplug it from the electrical outlet.

Then call GE for a free repair at (888) 345-4124 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit www.geappliances.com.

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