RECALL ALERT: High efficiency washing machines may catch on fire

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Associated Press - GE is recalling three models of its GE Profile high-efficiency top-loading clothes washers because an electrical component in the washers can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The recall involves 222,000 washers in the U.S. and about 450 in Canada.

The washers come in gold, gray and white and measure about four cubic feet. "GE Profile" is printed on the front of the washers. The model number is located on the rear cover of the washer's backsplash, above the water valve connections.

Recalled washers include GE Profile models WPGT9350, WPGT9360 and WPGT9150. They were sold at Best Buy, Lowe's, Sears, The Home Depot and other stores nationwide from June 2003 through October 2011.

There have been 71 reports of internal washer components burning or catching fire, including three reports of fires resulting in about $129,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

For more information, call GE Appliances at 877-830-9732 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit and click "Recall Information" at the bottom of the page.

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