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West Virginia residents may be interested in hearing about a recent recall that affects consumers across the country. A recall has been issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the latest defective household products. The specific product is a dishwasher sold under the brands Kenmore Elite, Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau. These dishwashers were sold from January 2008 until December 2013.

The recall consists of nearly 150,000 appliances in the United States, in addition to 45,000 out of the country. Apparently, the recall was issued due to the risk of fire caused by a faulty power cord. The cord reportedly has the potential to overheat.

So far, there have been 10 separate reports of household fires as a result of the dishwashers. The CPSC says that no injuries have been reported at this time. However, five of the 10 reported fires did cause property damage, although the extent of that damage was not released. Consumers are directed to phone a hotline to schedule an inspection of the dishwasher and repair, if necessary, at no cost to them.

Consumer safety should be a priority for all companies. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for companies to allow defective household products to enter onto the market for unsuspecting customers to purchase. This can create very dangerous situations, especially when the product defects can result in injuries to consumers. When this occurs, however, West Virginia consumers do have the right to pursue legal actions against the manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other involved parties in order to attempt to recover full and fair compensation for injuries that occurred as a result of the companies’ negligence.

Source: CNBC, “Dishwashers recalled over fire hazard reports“, Josh Weiss, Oct. 2, 2015