Chest Freezers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 67,500 <"">Chest Freezers have been recalled by importer Haier America Trading LLC, of New York, New York, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumer to stop using recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

A capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard. To date, Haier America and CPSC have received 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.

This 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: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007.

The recalled 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 and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010 for between $220 to $290. All of the recalled Chest Freezers were manufactured in China.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately unplug their freezer and contact the company to schedule an appointment for a free repair to the freezer. The company can be reached toll-free at (877) 878-7579 between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday; from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturdays; from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Sundays; or at the firm’s website at

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