GE Ranges Recalled for Fire, Burn HazardApr 9, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
General Electric (GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Kentucky) has recalled about 28,000 of its GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Ranges due to fire and burn hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The wiring in the rear of the GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Range can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. GE is aware of 47 reports of overheated wiring, including 33 reports of wiring that caught fire. Of these, one fire caused structural damage to the home and there have been 14 reports of minor property damage. To date, no injuries have been reported.
This recall involves GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel Ranges. The ranges, which were manufactured in Mexico, were sold in white, black, bisque, and stainless steel. The following model and serial numbers can be found on the left inside corner of the bottom drawer:
- GE Profile Brand: Model number begins with J2B900; serial number begins with LD, MD, RD, SD, TD, VD, ZD, AF, DF, FF, GF, HF, LF, MF
- GE Profile Brand: Model number begins with J2B915, serial number begins with MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF, AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG
The recalled GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel Ranges sold at department and appliance stores nationwide from June 2002 through December 2005 for between $1,300 and $2,000.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel Range ovens and contact GE for a free repair. The CPSC noted that consumers can continue to use the cook-top burners. GE can be reached toll-free at (888) 352-9764 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday ET, or at its Website at www.geappliances.com
In mid-2007, government regulators announced that GE was recalling 2.5 million dishwashers because the liquid rinse-aid could leak from its dispenser onto the dishwasher’s internal wiring which could cause an electrical short and overheating, posing a fire hazard to consumers. That recall followed nearly 200 reports of overheated wiring, including 56 reports of property damage. There were 12 reports of fires that escaped the dishwasher. That recall involved GE dishwashers sold under the brands Eterna, GE, GE Profile, GE Monogram, Hotpoint, and Sears-Kenmore.
In late December 2007, GE recalled about 92,000 of its Built-In Combination Wall and Microwave Ovens due to fire hazard because the door switch in the microwave oven could overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The lower thermal oven did not pose a hazard. In that recall, GE was aware of 35 incidents of minor property damage and one incident in which a fire damaged adjacent kitchen cabinets.