Six GE refrigerators have been recalled — Best Life

When we buy home appliances, we want to be sure that we are getting quality products at a reasonable price. That’s why so many of us head to reliable retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s, where there are plenty of options to suit your budget. Whether you’re looking for a big ticket item like a dishwasher or dryer, or something smaller like a blender or microwave, you can bet these stores will have what you’re looking for. Sometimes, however, imperfect products slip through the cracks and end up being recalled to protect consumers. Read on to find out if any of your most important devices need a fix.

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Over the past few months, Home Depot and Lowe’s have had their fair share of recalls. In March, Danby Products Inc. issued a recall for certain freestanding and slide-in electric and gas ranges sold at Home Depot, among other retailers. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), if too much weight is placed on the oven door, the range could tip over and cause burns. And in December 2021, Home Depot and Lowe’s were forced to remove DeWalt wireless headphones from shelves. Headphones posed a fire hazard because they could overheat and make users susceptible to burns. The latest recall of a product sold at these retailers also poses a threat to consumers, having already resulted in a significant number of injuries.

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The US CPSC has announced a recall of six refrigerator models produced by GE Appliances. According to the recall announcement, the freezer handle may detach from the unit, creating a tripping hazard when attempting to open the freezer drawer. The recalled models are all GE brand French door refrigerators with bottom freezers covered in fingerprint resistant stainless steel.

The 36-inch models were sold between February 2020 and January 2022 at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Best Buy stores nationwide, as well as other home improvement and appliance stores. Refrigerators were also sold online at Lowes.com and BestBuy.com.

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If you are concerned that your GE refrigerator is part of the recall, you can check the model and serial number inside the refrigerator, top left. Affected model numbers include GFE26JYMKFFS, GFE26JYMNFFS, GNE27EYMKFFS, GNE27EYMNFFS, GNE27JYMKFFS, and GNE27JYMNFFS, and affected model serial numbers begin with DR, FR, GR, HR, LR, MR, RR, SR, TR, VR, ZR, AS, DS, FS, GS, HS, LS or MS.

Approximately 155,000 units were sold in the United States, in addition to 2,300 in Canada. Depending on the model, the refrigerators cost between $1,900 and $2,500, according to the CPSC.

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The recall was announced after GE received 71 reports of handles detaching, which resulted in 37 injuries, including three “serious falls”. If you have one of these appliances in your kitchen, call GE Appliances at 888-345-4671 or visit the information page to confirm that your refrigerator is part of the recall. The company will then schedule a free in-home service call where a technician will replace the freezer handle mounting fasteners and reinstall the handle, according to the CPSC announcement.

In the meantime, GE has confirmed that you can still use the refrigerators. “If the handle is loose, a consumer can open the freezer by grasping the edge of the freezer door where the soft rubber gasket meets the metal freezer door,” the info page reads. on the recall. If you are a known buyer, CPSC said GE will contact you directly.

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Karl M. Bailey