DETROIT (WWJ) – GE is recalling over 60,000 front load clothes washing machines because they could pose an injury hazard to consumers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall affects GE Profile Front Load Washers sold at Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sears, The Home Depot and other department and retail stores nationwide from July 2008 to August 2011 for between $1,199 and $1,599.
The CPSC said the washer’s basket seam can separate during the final spin cycle, which in some instances can breach the washer’s top panel, posing a potential risk of injury.
GE has received 19 reports of washer baskets separating, including 10 reports of top panel breakage. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves GE Profile washing machines with model numbers beginning with WPDH8800, WPDH8900 and WPDH8910. All serial numbers with these models are included in this recall. The washers were sold in gold, red and white colors. The model number is located on the washer’s right side near the bottom and behind the door near the door frame visible when the door is opened.
GE will provide a free repair to all consumers with units affected by the recall. The company says consumers wishing to use the washer while waiting for a repair must first adjust the spin speed setting to “medium” or “low” before each use of the washer.
For additional information, contact GE Appliances at 888-641-9739 or visit www.geappliances.com.