Cove has recalled 42,000 of its high-end dishwashers because they can fail to shut off and potentially overheat, posing a fire hazard.
According to Consumer Reports, the manufacturer has received five reports of burning odor, flames, and smoking inside the dishwashers. So far, no injuries have been reported, but the fault creates a serious risk to homeowners.
Details of the Recall
Cove dishwashers sell for between $2,400 and $2,500. It is one of the brands in the Sub-Zero, Wolf family of kitchen appliances. They are typically sold as part of a custom installation or upgrade, measuring in at a standard width of 24 inches and like all dishwashers, are built-in. They accept matching cabinetry panels and hardware in order to give the kitchen a uniform look.
The recall involves Cove’s 24-inch built-in dishwashers with model numbers DW2450 and DW2450WS. The dishwashers have serial numbers 20000100 through 20044445. The model number, serial number, and date code are printed on the product rating plate located inside the dishwasher. “Cove” is printed on the outside of the door and on the far right side of the control panel, located on the top of the door.
The dishwashers were sold at home appliance stores nationwide from February 2018 through May 2021 for between $2,400 and $2,500. Consumers who have these products are urged to unplug them from their power source and contact Cove Appliance to schedule a free repair. Cove will replace the heating element and install a second thermal protection device. For more information, call Cove Appliance at 1-888-651-9376.
Product Liability Issues
Household appliances cause a disturbing number of structural fires involving residences in the United States. Home appliances cause an estimated 150,000 fires a year resulting in 150 deaths and more than $500 million in property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Consumers can protect themselves by registering new appliances with the manufacturer so they will get recall notices when they are issued. It is also a good idea not to run your clothes dryer or dishwasher overnight or when you are away and can’t keep an eye on the appliances.
If you have been injured by a faulty or defectively designed appliance, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.