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KitchenAid built in Dishwasher - Model Number KUDS01FLSS
Kitchen
Appliances
Dishwashers (214)
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION    
KitchenAid Brand Home Appliances
KUDS01FLSS
FR3008163
 
 
Southeast Steel, 4074237654, southeaststeel.net
Unspecified
10/20/2004
We have a KitchenAid Diswasher purchased in October of 2004. It is listed with a model number of KUDS01FLSS. This past Monday evening (August 29, 2011) it started on fire, spontaneously emitting smoke and flames.

The dishwasher had been turned on before retiring for bed and was running for about 40 minutes when I heard an unusual noise from the machine. I went to check on it in the kitchen a few moments later, and there was an odd burning smell and a significant amount of smoke coming out from the right side of the door. I quickly opened the door in a panic. A lot of water sprayed out (as it appears that the machine was still running) and a flame shot out as well. Thankfully, the water put out the flames quickly. The smoke and flames stopped shortly after the door was opened and the machine stopped running. We are assuming it was a hidden electronic panel in the door that melted or caught fire, but we cannot be sure.

My husband called KitchenAid the following day to report this, and the representative indicated they did not know anything about any problems with thier dishwashers. They did offer a 15% discount on another Kitchenaide machine, however, right now we are too frightened to buy another Kitchenaide dishwasher. We have children, and are horrified to think what would have occurred had I not seen the problem quickly and shut the machine off.
8/29/2011
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Incident, No Injury
Self
Female
46 years
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
We used an approved repair person to fix the door hinge at one point that was not working properly, and also another time had to have the soap dispenser replaced. The start button was worn as well.
Yes
N/A

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