Haier America Expands Recall of Chest Freezers Due to Fire Hazard

Haier America Expands Recall of Chest Freezers Due to Fire Hazard
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Haier America is recalling an additional 41,000 chest freezers at risk of catching fire. 67,500 Haier freezers were recalled in November 2010 for the same reason. A capacitor in the freezer's circuitry can overheat.

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: 0907, 0908, 0909, 0910, 0911, 0912, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004

Haier Model ESNCM053E: 0907, 0908, 0909, 0910, 0911, 0912, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007

Black & Decker Model BFE53 with UPC896603002660: 0907, 0908, 0909, 0910, 0911, 0912, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007

Haier model HNCM070E was sold by regional and local retailers nationwide and online from September 2009 through September 2010.

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

For additional information on this recall, contact Haier America toll-free at 877-878-7579.