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GE appliances recalls top-loading washer machines due to fire hazard

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Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 22:35:52-04

GE appliances has recalled about 222,000 top-loading washer machines due to a fire hazard.

The cause of the fire hazard is an electrical component in the washers that can overheat.

The company 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.

The recall involves three models of GE Profile high-efficiency top-loading washer machines. 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

Consumers who purchased a top-loading washer machines 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 should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled washers and contact GE Appliances for a free repair.