Liebherr-Canada Ltd., makers of a high-end line of refrigerators, has issued a recall for certain built-in refrigerators because the doors can fall off the upscale appliances, running the risk of hurting consumers, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
If this sounds familiar, it is -- Liebherr-Canada recalled some of its 24-inch wide single-door refrigerators in January for the same problem.So far in the latest recall, no one has been hurt by a refrigerator door detaching, Liebherr has gotten 10 reports of the doors coming off the units, CPSC said. Consumers should check their refrigerator to see if the door hinge pin is loose -- it will look like the pinned popped up either at the top or the bottom. If the hinge isn't loose, consumers can continue to use the refrigerator until it's repaired.
Liebherr said a locking screw can malfunction and the door's hinge pin can become loose. If the refrigerator has a door stopper, the door may remain attached even with the loose hinge pin -- until an unsuspecting consumer opens the door and could get hurt.
"We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue," Liebherr said in a statement to consumers.
About 5,702 units were sold at appliance and specialty stores nationwide from February 2004 through January 2011 for between $4,400 and $5,000.
Included in the recall are nine models of Liebherr built-in 30-inch wide bottom freezer refrigerators. The CPSC lists the models and index numbers affected by the recall. The units were sold both individually and as side-by-side units. The refrigerators come in stainless steel and other custom finishes and have Liebherr on the top interior control panel. The model number is on the label behind the bottom drawer on the left.
The refrigerators were made by Liebherr-Hausgeraete Lienz GmbH of Austria and imported by Liebherr-Canada. Consumers need to call Liebherr to set up an in-home repair at (877) 337-2653 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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