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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Defective Ranges and Dishwashers

General Electric paid $3.5 million to resolve U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) allegations that GE knowingly failed to report defects and an unreasonable risk of serious injury involving two models of Profile freestanding dual-fuel ranges and various models of Profile and Monogram dishwashers. GE sold the ranges nationwide between June 2002 and December 2005. CPSC found that the connector in the range’s wire harness can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. CPSC charged that GE did not report the hazards with the ranges to CPSC until February 2009, even though GE had already received 13 reports of harness and wiring overheating and had been notified of a possible hazard as early as 2003. CPSC also found that various models of Profile and Monogram dishwashers, which GE sold between July 2003 and October 2010, can short circuit from condensation building up on the control board, which poses fire and burn hazards. GE did not report the hazard with the dishwashers to CPSC until September 2010, even though, according to CPSC, GE had received notice of a possible hazard as early as 2007. In agreeing to the settlement, General Electric did not admit to CPSC’s allegations.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
CPSC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement
2/13/2015
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Electric $3,500,000
Further Information Released
CPSC Press Release 2/19/2015
Settlement Agreement 2/13/2015

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database