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Safety Alert

GE Appliances Recalls Top-Loading Clothes Washers Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: GE Profile top-loading clothes washers

Hazard: An electrical component in the washers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: GE Appliances toll-free at 877-830-9732 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.geappliances.com and click "Recall Information" at the bottom of the page for more information.

Units: About 222,000 (in addition, about 450 were sold in Canada)

Description: The recall involves three models of GE Profile high-efficiency top-loading clothes washers. The washers come in gold, gray and white and measure about four cubic feet. "GE Profile" is printed on the front of the washers. The model number is located on the rear cover of the washer's backsplash, above the water valve connections. Recalled washers have the following model and serial number ranges:

Brand

Model

Serial Number

GE Profile

WPGT9350

WPGT9360

WPGT9150

All serial numbers included

Incidents/Injuries: GE Appliances has received 71 reports of internal washer components burning or catching fire, including three reports of fires resulting in about $129,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled washers and contact GE Appliances for a free repair.

Sold at: Best Buy, Lowe's, Sears, The Home Depot and other stores nationwide from June 2003 through October 2011 for between $900 and $1,400.

Importer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.

Manufacturer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.

Manufactured in: South Korea