Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr Austen & Miller, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to certain General Electric (GE) dishwashers, which have been recalled because of the danger of potential fires.
GE has voluntarily recalled approximately 1.3 million dishwashers, sold from March 2006 through August 2009, because the heating element can fail, causing fires as reported by USAToday. In fact, GE has received reports of seven different fires, three of which caused extensive property damage, although no physical injuries have been reported.
The models involved in the recall include: GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint.
You can learn more about this recall on the GE website, including which exact model and serial numbers are being recalled. You can find your GE dishwasher’s model and serial number on a label on the left hand tub inside your appliance. The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s website has a helpful photo of where to find this label at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12244.html.
It is unknown, from the information currently provided to the public, whether this recall is based on either a product design or manufacturing defect. However, Starr states that “the law holds that a manufacturer of a defective product, which either has a design or manufacturing defect, can be held liable for any damages that product causes to either property or physical injuries.”
If your GE dishwasher has caught on fire causing either damage to your home or other property, or physical injuries, you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced products liability attorney who can help you understand your options.