If you are like many homeowners who frequently find their freezer overrun with groceries and leftovers, then you may have invested in a chest freezer for your garage. However, if you own a chest freezer made by Haier America then it is important that you are aware of a recall of their chest freezers first announced in 2010 and expanded in 2013. Haier recalled a number of these freezers due to a potential fire hazard, which makes it critical that you read on if you have a Haier freezer. Here is a quick overview of everything you need to know about this recall.
The Recalled Units
The recall that was initially announced in November of 2010 involved 67,500 chest freezer units. On April 2, 2013, Haier expanded the recall to include an additional 41,000 units. The recall affects Haier model HNCM090E 7.0 cubic foot capacity freezers, Haier’s ESNCM053 5.3 cubic foot capacity freezers, and it also includes Black & Decker’s BFE53 chest freezer with a 5.3 cubic foot capacity. The recalled Haier branded units were sold nationwide at regional retailers as well as online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com from September 2009 through March 2013 for between $180 and $290. The Black and Decker units were sold exclusively at Walmart nationwide and online between September 2009 and 2010 for about $150.
The Cause of The Recall
If you believe that your chest freezer may be one of the affected models, then you may be wondering what the cause of the recall is. The units listed have been recalled due to the fact that a capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat and potentially cause a fire. The original recall reported 18 incidents including 4 reports of minor property damage; however, the expanded recall includes 27 additional incident reports including 3 fires that caused substantial property damage. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported yet as a result of this recall.
Your Next Steps
Should you determine that your chest freezer is one of the affected models, one of the most important things for you to do is to unplug it immediately in order to prevent it from overheating. You will then want to call Haier America at (877) 337-3639 to schedule a free repair. While our trained technicians are able to repair these units, with recalls it is best to contact the manufacturer directly.