|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2001
Release # 02-021
|Refrigerator Recall Hotline: (800) 767-9101
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norcold Inc., of Sidney, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling 360 free-standing, combination gas and electric refrigerators. Tubing in the cooling unit can crack and leak flammable gas, presenting a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Norcold has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled refrigerators are white, with black trim on the front, and have the Norcold logo on the bottom left corner of the control panel. The refrigerators have cooling unit serial numbers within the range of 1038000 to 1099000, which can be found on the black canister at the bottom right of the back of the refrigerator.
Specialty retailers nationwide sold the refrigerators from May 1999 through January 2000 for about $900.
Consumers should disconnect the electricity to these refrigerators and call Norcold toll-free at (800) 767-9101 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to schedule a free, in-home repair.
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