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Haier America Recalls Chest Freezers Due to Fire Hazard

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Washington, DCHaier America Trading is recalling about 67,500 chest freezers because a capacitor in the freezer's circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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 & DeckerĀ® Model BFE53 and HaierĀ® 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. For a complete list of serial numbers involved in the recall see the link below.

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 Amazon.com and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010 for between $220 to $290.

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