WASHINGTON (AP) -- General Electric Co. has agreed to pay the government $1 million to settle charges the company failed to report serious safety defects with certain dishwashers that could catch fire.
Beginning in 1992, GE, became aware of incidents of fire, smoking and melting related to the energy-saver slide switches on six models of dishwashers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
When GE first reported the problem to the government in November 1998, it knew of at least 111 incidents, the agency said.
The government alleged that GE violated federal law by waiting too long to report the defects.
"There will be serious consequences for companies that fail to report such information quickly," said Hal Stratton, the agency's incoming chairman.
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