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Haier America Recalls Chest Freezers Due to Fire Hazard

  • Black & Decker Model BFE53
  • Rating label is located at the top center of the back of the freezer
  • Haier Model ESNCM053E
  • Rating label is located at the top center of the back of the freezer
Name of Product:
Chest Freezers
Hazard:
A capacitor in the freezer's circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
November 02, 2010
Units:
About 67,500
Consumer Contact

For additional information, call the company toll-free at (877) 878-7579 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Sundays or visit the firm's website at www.chestfreezerrecall.com

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves the Black & Decker® Model BFE53 and Haier® 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
Remedy:

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

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.

Sold At:
Black & Decker Model BFE53 was sold exclusively at Wal-Mart nationwide from January 2010 through September 2010, for about $150. Haier Model ESNCM053E was sold through Amazon.com and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010 for between $220 to $290.
Importer(s):

Haier America Trading LLC, New York, N.Y.

Manufactured In:
China
Recall number:
11-028
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