Chest Freezers Could Be A Fire Hazard

By WBNG News

Chest Freezers Could Be A Fire Hazard

November 2, 2010 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

(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

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