The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the massive recall of approximately 1.3 million General Electric (GE) Appliances dishwashers after reports of heating element failure and fires. Electrical failure in the heating element may create a fire hazard. There have been 15 reports of such failures, including seven that resulted in fires. Three of these fire incidents caused serious property damage, but no fire injuries have yet been reported.
The recall involves GE, GE Eterna, GE Profile, GE Adora, and Hotpoint brand dishwashers. They were sold in white, black, stainless steel, bisque, and CleanSteel™ finishes and colors. The serial and model numbers are on a metallic plate, which can be found on the left tub wall. Serial and model numbers start with one of the sequences below:
- GLC4, GLC5, GLC6
- GSD61, GSD62, GSD63, GSD66, GSD67, GSD69
- EDW4, EDW5, EDW6
- GHD4, GHD5, GHD6
- GHDA4, GHDA6
- Hotpoint only: HLD4
- FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL
- AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM
- AR, DR, FR, GR
The defective dishwashers were sold for between $350 and $850 at authorized builder distributors, appliance dealers, and other stores across the country from March 2006 through August 2009.
Consumers should stop using the dishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the circuit breaker or fuse controlling it. Contact GE for a no-cost in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $75 or $100 towards the purchase of a new dishwasher. Consumers should not return the defective dishwashers to the location where they purchased the unit. Retailers are not prepared to take them. For more information, call GE at (866) 918-8760.
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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Todson Inc. of North Attleboro, Massachusetts is recalling approximately 40,000 Topeak Babyseat™ II bicycle carrier seats. The hazards include potential fingertip laceration and amputation. Todson Inc., has received reports of two near-amputation incidents which resulted in a crushed finger and stitches due to the defective bicycle seats.
A child may put his or her fingers in the opening at the grab bar’s hinge mechanism, potentially causing an injury when the child is removed from the seat. When the grab bar is lifted, the child’s fingertips may get caught in the hinge mechanism, posing a laceration and fingertip amputation hazard to the child.
The affected bicycle seats include Topeak Babyseat II bicycle carrier seats. The recalled model numbers, which may be found on the product’s packaging, include TCS2100, TCS2101, and TCS2102. The brand name “Topeak” is printed on a black foam cover on the grab bar and is also embossed on the back of the seat. The plastic Babyseats are gray and were sold in the following three styles:
- Babyseat with disc brake compatible rack; and
- Babyseat with non-disc brake compatible rack.
Owners of the recalled bicycle seats should stop using them immediately and contact Todson for a hinge cover retrofit kit free of charge.
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