Recalls: Washing Machines & Cat Food

By: News 10
By: News 10

General Electric is recalling tens of thousands of its front-load washing machines after several reports of flames shooting out them. A wire inside the machine can break and make contact with a metal part-- posing a shock and fire hazard.

This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are listed below. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

Model Number Begins With: WBVH5

Serial Number Begins With:
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

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should not operate the washer until it has been repaired.

For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com

Also being recalled, all varieties of Iams Proactive Health canned food for cats and kittens. Specifically, the 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans with 09/2011 to 06/2012 stamped on the bottom. Testing shows there's not enough thiamine, or Vitamin B1, in the food--- which is essential for cats. Early signs of thiamine deficiency include loss of appetite, vomiting and weight loss.

In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans 09/2011 to 06/2012

Consumers who have purchased canned cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).


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