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Owning a refrigerator that has been recalled can be a little bit scary. After all, who do you turn to? Who will compensate you for your existing fridge? Does this mean you need to get rid of your refrigerator or is there a small repair that can be done to bring it back into working order?
Well, luckily most companies take immediate responsibility when they discover that their products could potentially put you or your family at risk. But if you own a refrigerator that has been recalled, you need to be armed with information and need to know where to turn to make you whole again.
What is a refrigerator recall?
This is when the company that manufactured your refrigerator receives enough complaints about a certain problem to cause them to take action. They decide that you shouldn’t have had this problem in the first place so they are willing to either:
Take care of that specific issue by sending out a repairman to fix it for free
If the problem is severe enough they will actually replace the entire refrigerator with a new one
Why are there appliance recalls in the first place?
While we would love to say that we live in a perfect world and the products that are made are done in such a way that they won’t break, we all know this isn’t true. Typically an appliance recall happens when a certain number of complaints of either damage to the home or injuries to the appliance owner come to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This causes the company to step up and take responsibility for the damages their appliances have caused and hopefully prevents any future issues like this.
Current Refrigerator Recalls:
The Most Recent Refrigerator Recall is Listed First
Norcold/Coachmen Recall - February 2011
This is an indirect Norcold recall as Coachmen has decided to do a refrigerator recall on certain of their vehicles that came with a 1200-Series Norcold refrigerators. The major concern had to do with an internal sensor or thermal switch installed to do an automatic power shut off not working in a timely fashion and becoming a potential fire hazard.
Should you have a Coachmen vehicle with this type of RV refrigerator, then you should contact them to see if yours is included in this recall. Though should you have this type of fridge in a different brand RV, we recommend contacting the manufacturer to see if they are having the same type of issues.
This current refrigerator recall covers around 2,700 Liebherr counter depth (24 inch width) built-in single door and side by side refrigerators. The problem had to do with the doors detaching and allow potential injury and hazards to their owners.
The Liebherr company voluntarily chose to recall these models after having received report of 13 doors detaching. The resulting injuries included two reports involving strains and bruising.
The models being recalled are:
These refrigerators in question had been sold at appliance and specialty retailers across Canada from 01/2005 through 11/2009 with a retail cost of between $2,500 and $3,200.
Any concerned consumers should call Liebherr to schedule a free in-home repair.
Maytag Recall - August 2009
Maytag voluntarily recalled approximately 46,000 refrigerators under the Maytag, Magic Chef, Crosley and Performa by Maytag brand names due to a potential fire hazard. Click MAYTAG RECALL for more information.
Viking Recall - June 2009
What: Viking voluntarily recalled 45,000 bottom freezer and built in side-by-side units (36” and 48” wide respectively) on units purchased between July 1999 and April 2006. These refrigerators ranged between $4725 and $6400 and came in many different colors (including stainless steel and custom paneled as well).
This refrigerator recall covers 21 different models, (see list below). If you don’t see your model in there and you are still concerned, then you can go to the company’s website and type in your model number along with the serial number just to check if it’s included in the recall. (Both of these numbers are located on the ceiling of the inside of the refrigerator or in back of the produce drawer.
If you do have a refrigerator that is in the recall then contact Viking for them to set up a free in-home performed repair. The toll free number is (888) 345-2650.
When: June 2009
Why: The reason for this recall was due to 57 reports of doors detaching some of which even causing broken fingers and toes as well as strains, not ot mention the damage to many floors and countertops.
All units containing model numbers starting with (regardless of dates): VCSB481, VCSB482, DDSB482, DFSB482
DTSB482, DDBB362, VCBB360, VCBB362
DFBB362, DTBB362, DTBB363
The following model numbers starting with:
VCSB483, DDSB483, DFSB483, DTSB483 (the date codes need to be before 030104)
VCSB483D, DDSB483D, DFSB483D (date codes before 030105)
DDBB363 (date codes before 112305)
VCBB363 (dates codes before 102005)
DFBB363 (date codes before 041006)
In case you don’t know how to read your manufacturing date, typically the first six numbers of your serial number are the date manufactured set up in a (mm/dd/yy)
If your refrigerator is a part of this recall then you should stop using it if the door isn’t closing properly if it is sagging , doesn’t open and close the way it should, and call Viking right away.
Almost a million refrigerators made for RV use manufactured by Dometic are under voluntary recall. The reason for his recall is due to a possible fire hazard. All of the repair of these units will be paid for by Dometic USA.
The units in this recall are refrigerators with 2 doors manufactured from April 1997 to May 2003. The best way to know if your refrigerator falls into this recall is to check the model and serial numbers. The models that are in this refrigerator recall are:
The serial numbers to look for begin with these numbers:
301xxxxx through 319xxxxx
201xxxxx through 252xxxxx
001xxxxx through 052xxxxx
901xxxxx through 952xxxxx
801xxxxx through 852xxxxx
713xxxxx through 752xxxxx
Maytag Recall: Click here for all of the most up to date information on the most recent recall of Maytag Refrigerators.