KEY POINTS

  • Cove recalled about 42,000 units of its residential dishwashers
  • There have been reports of burning smells, smoke and flames
  • Customers should stop using the dishwasher until it is repaired

Cove Appliance has recalled about 42,000 units of its built-in dishwashers because they pose a fire hazard. Consumers who have the affected product can get it repaired for free.

The recall will affect the "Cove Appliance 24-inch built-in dishwasher," an alert posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website noted. The "heating element" on the dishwashers can "fail to properly shut off" and overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard.

The company received five complaints, which involved burning smells, smoking and flames inside the dishwashers. No injuries have been reported, but the company has advised consumers to stop using the dishwashers "immediately" and to unplug them from the power source. They can contact the company with the model and serial numbers of the product for a free repair.

"We want our customers to be safe, and we volunteered to recall the affected models and quickly make necessary repairs," the company said.

The recalled dishwashers have the model numbers DW2450 and DW2450WS, with serial numbers 20000100 through 20044445. The codes can be found on the rating plate located inside the dishwasher on the left side.

The affected products were manufactured at the company's facility in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, and sold between February 2018 and May 2021.

"The Cove Dishwasher recall affects approximately 40,650 units sold in the United States, approximately 1,350 units that were sold in Canada and approximately 250 sold in Mexico," the company said, adding that the recall didn't mean that the products were unsafe to use.

"Cove is committed to upholding the highest standards of quality craftsmanship and reliability in all of our brands," it said. "We are committed to the safety of our customers."

People should always follow some safety tips while using a dishwasher. This includes placing sharp items such as knives with the points down, letting the machine cool before reaching in, closing the door so other people won't trip on it and making sure that dishwashing products are out of children's reach.

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