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Haier America Recalls Chest Freezers Due to Fire Hazard

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Haier America Chest Freezers

Name of Product: Chest Freezers

Units: About 67,500

Importer: Haier America Trading LLC, New York, NY.

Hazard: A capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Haier America and CPSC have received reports of 18 incidents, including four reports of fires with minor property damage, consisting of smoke damage, damage to a wall, and food spoilage. There have been no reports of injuries.

Description: This recall involves the Black & Decker(r) Model BFE53 and Haier(r) Model ESNCM053E 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. “Black & Decker” is printed at the front upper-right corner or “Haier” is printed on the front upper-left corner of the freezer. “Black & Decker” or “Haier,” the model number, the unit’s serial number and other information are printed on a rating label at the top center of the back of the freezer. Only Model BFE53 and Model ESNCM053E freezers with serial numbers beginning as follows are included in this recall:

Beginning of Serial Number on Rating Label: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007

Sold at: Black & Decker Model BFE53 was sold exclusively at Wal-Mart nationwide from January 2010 through September 2010, for about $150.00. Haier Model ESNCM053E was sold through Amazon.com and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010 for between $220.00 to $290.00.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug their freezer and contact the company to schedule an appointment for a free repair to the freezer.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call the company toll-free at 877-878-7579 between 7:00am and 10:00pm ET Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 9:00pm ET Saturdays and from 8:00am to 8:00pm ET Sundays or visit the firm’s website at www.chestfreezerrecall.com


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