The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of certain models of Haier chest freezers due to a fire hazard. A capacitor in the freezer’s circuit board can overheat and potentially cause a fire.
This recall affects about 41,000 freezers in addition to other freezers recalled in November 2010. Specifically, 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.
There were 18 incidents reported in the November 2010 recall. Since then Haier America and CPSC have received 27 additional incident reports. This includes three fires that caused substantial property damage.
Consumers should immediately unplug their freezer. For more information and to check if your serial number was affected by the recall, go to the CPSC’s website here.