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Viking Range Expands Recall of Built-In Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 25, 2013.  Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: July 25, 2013
Recall number: 13-248

  • Viking refrigerator with bottom freezer
    Viking refrigerator with bottom freezer

Recall Summary

Name of product:  Viking built-in refrigerators with bottom freezers

Hazard: The refrigerator’s doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Consumer Contact:  Viking toll-free at (877) 546-0136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.vikingrange.com and click on Safety Recall Information.

Recall Details

Units:  About 31,000 (Viking refrigerators were previously recalled in 2009)

Description:  This recall involves Viking built-in 36-inch wide refrigerators with bottom freezers with models and serial numbers/date codes listed below. The model and serial numbers are located on the ceiling of the interior of the refrigerators. The first six numbers in the serial number range are the manufacture date of the unit in (mm)(dd)(yy).

Model numbers starting with:                      Serial number/Date codes starting with:

Designer Series

DDBB363, DDBB536, DTBB363,                           110105 – 081012

DFBB363, DFBB536, FDBB5361

Professional Series

VCBB363, VCBB536, VCBB5361,                          110105 – 080512

VIBB363, VIBB536 

Incidents/Injuries:  Viking has received 39 reports of falling refrigerator doors, including 12 reports of injuries involving a fracture, bruises, strains and cuts, and 25 reports of minor property damage. The 39 new reports are in addition to 57 reports in the previous recall of doors detaching, including four reports of injuries involving bruises, broken toes/fingers, and strains.

Remedy:  Consumers should contact Viking immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should stop using the recalled refrigerators if the door does not appear to be sealed properly, the door is sagging or it fails to open or close normally. If the door is working properly, consumers can continue to use the refrigerator until it has been repaired.

Sold at:  Appliance and specialty stores nationwide from November 2005 through October 2012 for between $5,100 and $7,700.

Manufacturer:  Viking Range LLC, of Greenwood, Miss.

Manufactured in:  United States

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
 
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

Source: cpsc.gov

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