THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC), LG ELECTRONICS AND SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 20,000 REFRIGERATORS FOR POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD

The CPSC, in cooperation with LG Electronics Inc. (of Lincolnshire, Illinois) and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (of Hoffman Estates, Illinois) have announced a voluntary recall to retrofit 20,000 LG and Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Three-Door Refrigerators manufactured in Korea. Consumers should contact the manufacturer or retailer for further instruction.

A faulty component in the condenser fan motor can short circuit. This could cause the condenser fan motor to overheat, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

LG Electronics has received 82 reports of incidents involving a condenser fan motor failure due to a failed capacitor arcing and smoking. There has been smoke damage in a few incidents. There have been no reported injuries.

The recalled refrigerators are three-door, 21 to 25 cubic foot units with a bottom freezer. The refrigerators come in titanium, stainless steel, bisque, white or black. Brand names are identified on the door at the top right of the units and the interior data plate. The units have the following model and serial numbers located on the data plate inside the fresh food section of the refrigerator door:

Brand    Product    Model Number    Serial Number Range
Kenmore Elite® Trio™    Trio bottom freezer refrigerator with external filtered water dispenser    21Cu.Ft.
795.7519240*
795.7519340*
795.7519440*
795.7519640*
795.7519940*     25Cu.Ft.
795.7554640*
795.7554940*
795.7555240*
795.7555340*
795.7555440*     25Cu.Ft.
795.7555640*
795.7555940*
795.7554240*
795.7554340*
795.7554440*     405KRxxxxx through 410KRxxxxx
LG    Three-door bottom freezer refrigerator without water dispenser    LRFC21755TT
LRFC21755SB
LRFC21755ST
LRFC25750WW    LRFC25750SW
LRFC25750SB
LRFC25750TT
LRFC25750ST
    405KRxxxxxxx through 410KRxxxxxxx

*Not all refrigerators within the serial number range are included in the recall. Consumers should call LG or Sears to determine whether their refrigerator is included in the recall.

Sears stores nationwide sold the Kenmore brand exclusively and other major retailers nationwide sold the LG brand refrigerators from May 2004 through May 2005 for between $1,400 and $2,400. Consumers should contact Sears or LG to arrange for a free in-home repair.

For further information call LG toll-free at (888) 294-5782 or Sears at (800) 659-7026 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday. Consumers also can log on to http://us.lge.com or www.sears.com for further information on those models included in the repair program and to arrange for an in-home appointment.

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