GE Appliances & Lighting of Louisville, KY is voluntarily recalling about 181,000 of its front-load washing machines manufactured in China.
According to a recall notice issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a wire within the machine can break and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing a fire and shock hazard to consumers.
The company has received reports of seven incidents related to the recalled washing machines, in which flames escaped from the units and caused minor smoke damage. However, there have been no reports of injuries.
The recalled washing machines were sold in department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.