GE Appliances is recalling about 155,000 refrigerators due to freezer door handles that may detach and lead to injuries, according to an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The company has received 71 reports of the handle detaching, which has caused 37 injuries, including three “serious” falls.
“The freezer handle can detach when a consumer tries to open the freezer drawer, posing a fall hazard to the consumer,” the recall notice says.
The recall involves six models of stainless-steel GE-brand French door refrigerators with bottom freezers that were manufactured between February 2020 and August 2021.
The fridges were primarily sold in the U.S. from February 2020 through January 2022 at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, and other home improvement and home appliance stores, as well as online at Lowes.com and BestBuy.com, for $1,900 to $2,500. The recall notice includes 2,300 fridges sold in Canada as well.
Consumers should contact GE Appliances to find out if their unit is part of the recall and “schedule a free in-home service call to have the freezer’s handle mounting fasteners replaced and the handle re-installed,” the recall says. The company is contacting all known purchasers directly.
New Widetech is a Chinese manufacturer of Dehumidifiers that are widely sold in Australia by brands such as De’Longhi, Haier who also own Fisher & Paykel and Whirlpool.
On Saturday the US U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled millions of their products claiming that they can overheat and catch fire, they are believed to have been caused over $25 Million dollars’ worth of damage to US homes.
The Chinese Company is also used by several distributors in Australia to manufacture house brand dehumidifiers which are sold in discount retailers.
The recall includes numerous models of dehumidifiers from brands including AeonAir, Amana, ArctiAire (Danby), Classic (Danby/Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De’Longhi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK/AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool and Whynter.
They were sold at major retailers in the USA including Costco who have several Dehumidifiers listed in their Australian stores and online.