updated 5/16/2007 11:04:01 AM ET 2007-05-16T15:04:01

General Electric Co. is recalling 2.5 million dish washers because of a wiring problem that could cause fires.

The recall, government regulators said Wednesday, includes dishwashers sold under the brands Eterna, GE, GE Profile, GE Monogram, Hotpoint, and Sears-Kenmore. GE has received nearly 200 complaints of overheating, including 12 fires caused by the washers.

(GE is the parent of NBC Universal, which is a MSNBC joint-venture partner with Microsoft.)

The machines’ wiring is susceptible to shorting out or overheating, the government said, if liquid rinse solution leak outs of dispensers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should stop using the devices immediately and contact the company for a free repair or a rebate towards a new dishwasher. Customers with one of the affected models can receive a $150 rebate to purchase a new GE dishwasher of a $300 rebate towards the purchase of a new GE Profile of GE Monogram dishwasher.

For more information contact GE at (877) 607-6395 or visit the company’s website at www.geappliances.com.

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