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Bosch dishwashers recalled for fire hazard

Over the weekend our Bosch dishwasher began to run in an “infinite loop,” with the countdown timer always showing 1 minute left. This went on for hours. We looked up info on the problem, discovered how to fix it, and successfully repaired our dishwasher. However, I learned this morning that our dishwasher was subject to a recall for this very reason.

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Hazard: An electrical component in certain model dishwashers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: BSH Home Appliances has received 51 reports of incidents, including 30 reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

A component on the dishwasher’s control board arced and melted, growing hot enough to potentially cause a fire. Because the dishwasher is quiet, we often run it as we are going to bed. I shudder to think what might have happened if it had caught fire while we were asleep, separating us from our children’s bedrooms!

If you have a Bossh dishwasher whose model number appears on the recall list, STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY and CALL BOSCH! They will come out and correct the fire hazard for free.

We were very lucky ours wasn’t more serious than it was. Take action before it happens to you!

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