The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on June 14, 2007, announced the recall of about 130,000 Asko DW95 dishwashers because of a fire hazard. According to the recall, an electrical component in the dishwasher can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The appliances were made by Asko Cylinda AB of Vara, Sweden.
As of the recall date, Asko had received 21 notices of fires. Damage to dishwashers and property has occurred, but no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.
The dishwashers ($750 to $1,300) were sold at major kitchen-appliance distributors and dealers nationwide from January 1995 through April 2000. The recalled models, made from January 1995 through April 2000, are part of the DW95 series with the following model numbers: 1355, 1385, 1475, 1485, 1555, 1585, 1595, 1655, 1805, 1885, and 1895. You can find the model number, serial number, and manufacture date on the nameplate on the right interior side of the dishwasher door.
If you own a recalled dishwasher, stop using it immediately. Contact Asko at 866-309-9921 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) to arrange for a free inspection and repair or to participate in a rebate program. For more information, go to Asko's recall page.
On June 7, 2007, the CPSC announced the recall of about 2,000 Thermador CIT302DS/01 and CIT362DS/01 (shown) ceramic cooktops because of a fire hazard. According to the recall, the cooktop can turn on by itself when switched off, creating a fire and safety hazard. The appliances were made in Spain for BSH Home Appliances Corp. of Huntington Beach, California. The cooktops have electric and induction heating elements with a black ceramic-glass surface.
As of the recall date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The cooktops ($1,800 and $2,200) were sold at appliance and specialty stores nationwide from October 2006 through March 2007. Recalled cooktops are either model number CIT302DS/01 or CIT362DS/01 with date codes between 8606 and 8612. You'll find the date code on the underside of the cooktop.
If you own one of the cooktops, disconnect it at the circuit breaker when not in use and avoid leaving anything on the ceramic top when the appliance is not in use.
Essential information: If you're in the market for a new dishwasher, read our buying advice. For more on recent dishwasher recalls, see the Consumer Reports On Safety blog. If you need a new cooktop, use our buying advice. (Ratings of dishwashers and electric and gas cooktops are available to subscribers.)
Don't miss Great Kitchens for Less, our 30-page special section on kitchens in the August 2007 issue of Consumer Reports, on sale in July. And be sure to use our kitchen-planning guide before you start your remodel.