Consumer Reports says that home appliances cause an estimated 150,000 fires a year, resulting in 150 deaths and more than $500 million in property damage. A new Consumer Reports investigation turned up some disturbing findings. While some of those fires are due to human error, a significant number are caused by defective appliances.
Consumer Reports reviewed 69,000 reports of house fires blamed on appliances between 2002 and 2009. Its investigation found at least 23 percent of the fires were clearly attributable to problems with the appliances—mechanical, electrical, or design flaws. In some instances the appliances turned on by themselves. Faulty appliances causing the most fires were ranges, followed by dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and dishwashers.
In the past five years, more than 7 million dishwashers have been recalled because of defects that could cause a fire. And almost 8 million other appliances have been recalled for fire risks. Consumers can find out whether an appliance they own has been recalled by going to www.recalls.gov. All consumers should register their appliances with the manufacturer so that they will be notified in the event of a recall.
According to Consumer Reports, the reason for so many recalls due to fire hazards is because appliances have gotten a lot more complex. That means lots more can go wrong. Also many recalled products are being manufactured abroad, the majority in China, and that’s a real problem. Until appliance design and quality are improved, according to Consumer Reports, homeowners will be left to wonder whether appliances in their homes are safe.
In response to Consumer Reports’ investigation, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers said that “designing and manufacturing safe products” is a top priority of its members. Consumer Reports says that homeowners should register new appliances with the manufacturer so the recall notices will be received. Also, don’t run a dryer or dishwasher overnight or when you are away from home.
Source: WSFA News
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