GE Appliances & Lighting is recalling about 181,000 GE Front-Load Washing Machines. A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers. GE is aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the units and caused minor smoke damage. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The washing machines were sold at department and various retail stores nationwide. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washer, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair.