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  • Consumer Reports Tests Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Pads

    A posting on the Consumer Reports website has officially confirmed that Silent Feet as well as other anti-vibration pads

    for washing machines are in the labs for testing. This marks the first official independent comparison of vibration isolation pads. The washing machine anti-vibration pad industry is only a few years old. The Vibration Solution was one of the first companies to really begin putting significant funding towards research and design on washing machine noise and vibration reduction. Prior to 2007, most R&D was done internally at major appliance manufactures like Maytag, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG and General Electric. However, as the front-loading washing machine market expanded, it became clear that the major manufactures were falling behind on providing noise and vibration protection products.

    The Vibration Solution began product development in 2005 when the company discovered a loud consumer outcry for a real anti-vibration product that worked for washing machines.  Prior to the release of Silent Feet, consumers were forced to resort to a wide range of cleaver but not always effective alternatives.  Some examples included tennis balls cut in half, rolled up gym socks, cow and horse mats, anti-fatigue mats, rolled up towels and our favorite, sitting on the washing machine.  None of these really solved the problem of washing machine noise and vibration.  Our company, realizing that no regular rubber would provide enough vibration dampening, contacted Sorbothane. Sorbothane had already developed cutting-edge solutions for NASA, the U.S. Military and NASCAR.  Together our engineers developed Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Pads.  After 2 years of exhaustive testing to ensure that every Silent Feet pad would withstand years of use and abuse without degrading, Silent Feet were officially released.

    Now, just a few years later and with a market now filling with knock off imitations, Silent Feet have officially been recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the leaders in the industry.  Check out the August issue of Consumer Reports Magazine and Consumer Reports Online for full details of the tests.

  • GE Recalls More Than 180,000 Washing Machines Sold Between 2006 and 2010

    After seven incidents of minor smoke damage due to a faulty wire, General Electric Co. (GE)

    GE Front Loading Washing Machine Recall

    Front loading GE washers like this WBVH5 are all part of the June 2010 recall

    has issued a voluntary recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  No injuries have been reported due to the issue, but minor smoke damage has been reported following each of the incidents.  The fault occurs when a wire lead comes in contact with the metal washtub during operation.  GE is concerned that these front-loading washing machines pose a fire and shock risk to their owners.  The effected washing machines were all built in China and sold at various U.S. retailers from December 2006 through May 2010 for around $700 each.

    So far the GE models covered by this recall all begin with WBVH5.  You will also need to check your serial number on your washing machine.  If it begins with: AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM, FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM, LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS, SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR, VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, or ZS you should contact GE immediately for recall information.  The model and serial numbers for most GE washing machines are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

    GE recommends that you immediately stop using your washer if it is part of this recall.  Unplug it from the wall to prevent any further chance of fire or electrical shock until it is repaired.  GE is providing free repair on these front-loading washers.  To find out if your washing machine is part of the recall, contact GE at 1-888-345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit  Canadian customers should contact 1-877-861-1315 for recall information.  The repair is a simple fix done by placing an insulating plastic shield on the metal plug on the side of the washtub.

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