04/08/2013 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley // (press release)

New York, NY — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Haier America have voluntarily recalled chest freezers for fire hazards the defective product poses to consumers. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on April 2, 2013.

The chest freezers were recalled after discovering that the capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat, which poses a fire hazard to consumers.

“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,” the CPSC reported.

At this time there has been 18 incidents as a result of the November 2012 recall, which has included four reports of fires with minor property damage. In addition, Haier America and CPSC have received 27 additional incident reports, which included three fires that resulted in substantial property damage. There have been no reports of injuries.

Consumers are advised to contact Hair to schedule an appointment for a free repair.

For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact 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.

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