GE washing machine recall affects models built between 2006 and 2010

Could yours catch on fire or cause a powerful electric shock?

General Electric issued a massive recall on its front loading washing machines in mid 2010, but several experts say many of the affected washers could still be in households across the world. If you've got a GE washing machine built between 2006 and 2010, this recall could affect you, even several years have passed since the company made the announcement.

The company estimates that at least 181,000 machines are affected. These appliances usually retailed for about $700 each and were built in China.

Why Was The Recall Issued?

Faulty wiring has caused several fires and electrical shorts. According to reports, the wiring can come loose and touch the metal frame; which has not only caused fires, but also a major shock hazard. Naturally this is compounded by presence of water.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported a handful of instances where flames actually shot out from within the washing machine. As of the time I'm writing this article, no instances of physical harm have been reported, but several customers have reported smoke damage.

Does The GE Washing Machine Recall Affect You?

If you own a GE front loading washing machine built between December 2008 and May 2010, it could be affected.

The model number of the recalled washers start with WBVH5. You can determine your machine's model number by looking at a tag on the inside of the door.

The serial numbers of the affected units start with these letters: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS.

What To Do If The Recall Affects Your Washing Machine?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and General Electric both recommend unplugging your washing machine and not using it until a certified GE serviceman can inspect your unit. He or she should be able to make the necessary repairs or arrange for a complete replacement. The company should cover the cost of the associated repair work, as that's the nature of a recall announcement.

You can call GE for more information or to set up a repair appointment at 888-345-4124 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or you can visit the official General Electric recall website at:

Have Any Other GE Products Been Recalled?

Yes. Many home appliances have been recalled throughout the years. These include other washing machines, dryer recalls (and other GE laundry recalls), GE dishwasher recalls and even stoves, microwaves and other cookware.

Again, call GE directly, or speak with a local authorized GE dealer or repair service for more information. Or you can look for your appliances at the online recall site:

From there, browse the types of appliances you have. It's extremely simple, and the listings go all the way back to the late 1990s.

If Your Washing Machine Has Been Recalled, Don't Delay.

Don't risk you or your family's safety.

The GE washing machine recall is very serious, and it's highly recommended that you contact an authorized GE repair service as soon as possible.