Over 360,000 fridges recalled due to choking hazard

Electrolux has announced that it will be recalling approximately 367,500 refrigerators sold in the United States and Canada due to a potential choking hazard from ice makers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The CPSC announced the recall on its website Thursday. The recall affects refrigerators sold under the Electrolux brand as well as those sold under the Frigidaire brand, which is owned by Electrolux, because “the ice level sensor arm of the ice maker may break into pieces and fall into the bucket at ice, posing a choking hazard. .”

The CPSC said the recalled refrigerators were sold in the United States and approximately 7,180 were sold in Canada.

According consumer reports.

“There have been 185 reports to Electrolux of the ice level arm breaking, including one report involving gum lacerations,” consumer reports mentioned incidents and injuries related to the product.

Electrolux has recalled more than 370,000 refrigerators sold in the United States and Canada due to a potential choking hazard from ice makers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Pictured above are visitors walking past the Electrolux booth during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile at Fiera di Rho on April 17, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the refrigerator’s ice maker, empty the ice bucket and contact Electrolux to replace the ice maker free of charge, according to consumer reports.

“The company will replace the ice maker with a new one with a polypropylene ice level sensor free of charge,” consumer reports said.

The refrigerators were sold in the United States online and at Home Depot and Lowe’s, among other retailers. Their prices ranged from $1,200 to $4,300 during the period from April 2020 to March 2022, depending on consumer reports.

Kitchen appliances from other brands were recalled earlier this year, including more than 700,000 Insignia air fryers in the United States and Canada in April. The recall was announced after several reports of devices catching fire or melting, injuring at least one child.

More than 100 reports have been received from North American customers that their units have caught fire, burnt or melted, and there has been minor property damage and two injuries, including a child’s leg, the company said. CPSC at the time.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled air fryers and air fryer ovens and return the product to Best Buy for a refund in the form of a credit to be used at Best Buy or Bestbuy.com stores. “, added CPSC. “Best Buy is contacting all known buyers directly to arrange returns and provide prepaid shipping boxes and labels and return instructions.”

Newsweek contacted Electrolux for comment.

Karl M. Bailey