(WBNG Binghamton) More than 67,500 chest freezers sold under the Black & Decker and Haier names have been recalled.
A capacitor in the freezer's circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
There have been 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.
The 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:
The 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.
You should immediately unplug youir freezer and contact the company to schedule an appointment for a free repair to the freezer.
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