What's the Problem?
This recall affects 6 models of GE-brand French Door Refrigerators with bottom freezers in fingerprint resistant stainless steel, which were manufactured from February 2020 through August 2021, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission .
Affected model numbers are GFE26JYMKFFS, GFE26JYMNFFS, GNE27EYMKFFS, GNE27EYMNFFS, GNE27JYMKFFS, and GNE27JYMNFFS. The serial numbers for the affected models begin with one of the following two letter combinations: DR, FR, GR, HR, LR, MR, RR, SR, TR, VR, ZR, AS, DS, FS, GS, HS, LS, MS.
"The freezer handle can detach when a consumer tries to open the freezer drawer, posing a fall hazard to the consumer," CPSC said. "The firm has received 71 reports of the freezer drawer handle detaching, resulting in 37 reported injuries, including three serious fall injuries."
The recalled GE refrigerators were sold online and at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy and other home improvement and home appliance stores nationwide from February 2020 through January 2022 for between $1,900 and $2,500.
If you purchased a refrigerator that is affected by this recall, you should contact GE Appliances to determine if your unit is part of the recall and to schedule a free in-home service call to have the freezer’s handle mounting fasteners replaced and the handle re-installed and for instructions for safe use pending a repair.
This recall began on April 14, 2022.
The CPSC Recall Number of this item is 22-117.
The refrigerator is an appliance that we take for granted to the point where it’s easy to forget about regular maintenance and safety inspections; however, these actions are important to keep you and your family safe.
Common Refrigerator Safety Hazards
- Foodborne illness
What to look for in your fridge
Watch for dust and lint, which often gather behind and under refrigerators. The accumulation of dust and lint can increase the risk of hazards around the electrical components. Exposed wires, which can occur from accidentally rolling over the cord, can also pose an electrical fire hazard.
Additionally, refrigerators can tip if children hang on their door handles, which can result in them becoming trapped underneath the fridge.
Another danger posed by the refrigerator is foodborne pathogens, like E. coli, listeria and salmonella, which can survive in the cool temperatures of a refrigerator.
How to maintain refrigerator safety
Avoid these dangers by regularly cleaning behind and underneath your refrigerator. Gently remove dust and lint, and be careful not to run over the cord if you move the fridge to clean. Keep the coils of your refrigerator clean to avoid compressor failure and minimize fire hazard.
Avoid having your refrigerator tip over by tethering it to the wall with an appliance anchor. Before installing any anti-tip brackets or straps, make sure they are compatible with the make and model of your refrigerator.
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