Expanded recall: Haier and Black & Decker Chest Freezers
On 2013-04-02, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an expanded recall regarding Haier and Black & Decker Chest Freezers due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2009 for about $150 to $290.
About 40,000 units are involved in this Haier America Trading chest freezer recall. Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Refrigerators & Freezers category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 2 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 878-7579
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What is the problem?
A capacitor in the freezer's circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves the Haier models HNCM070E with 7.0 cubic foot capacity and ESNCM053E with 5.3 cubic foot capacity, and Black & Decker model BFE53 with 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. "Haier" is printed on the upper-left corner of the freezer, or "Black & Decker" is printed on the front upper-right corner of the freezer. "Haier" or "Black & Decker," 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. The recalled Black & Decker model BFE53 freezer also has a label adjacent to the rating label with the UPC number 896603002660 printed on it. Freezers with serial numbers beginning with the following numbers are recalled:
|Haier Model HNCM070E||Haier Model ESNCM053E||Black & Decker Model BFE53 with UPC896603002660|
Information on where these items sold new+: Haier model HNCM070E was sold by regional and local retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from September 2009 through October 2011 for between $180 to $200. Haier model ESNCM053E was sold primarily on Amazon.com and other online retailers from February 2010 through March 2013 for between $200 to $290. The Black & Decker model BFE53 was sold exclusively at Walmart nationwide and at Walmart.com from September 2009 through September 2010, for about $150.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately unplug their freezer and contact the company to schedule an appointment for a free repair to the freezer.
Haier America; toll-free at (877)878-7579 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET any day, or online at www.haieramerica.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
In addition to the 18 incidents reported in the November 2010 recall, which included four reports of fires with minor property damage, Haier America and CPSC have received 27 additional incident reports. This includes three fires that caused substantial property damage. There have been no reports of injuries.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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