Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM ET
No injuries have been reported from the incidents, which affected washers sold at retail prices between $1,199 and $1,599 at retailers including Best Buy Co Inc, Lowe's Cos Inc , Home Depot Inc and Sears.
"Product safety is a top priority, and we stand behind our products," said Julie Wood, spokeswoman for the largest U.S. conglomerate, whose wide range of products also encompasses light bulbs and jet engines.
GE's appliance unit generates about $5 billion in annual revenue.
GE shares were down 7 cents at $22.84 in post-market trading, from a $22.91 close on the New York Stock Exchange.