Haier recalls top-freezer refrigerators
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Haier has recalled about 137,000 top-freezer refrigerators because of a potential fire hazard. An electrical component inside the refrigerator has been found to short-circuit, which could lead to a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has not reported any injuries, but it notes in the recall notice that there have been three reports of smoke, fire, and property damage related to the problem.

The refrigerators are 10.1-cubic-foot models and were sold at Lowe’s and independent retailers between September 2014 and September 2018. They were sold under three model numbers: HA10TG31SB, HA10TG31SS, and HA10TG31SS. To see whether your refrigerator is affected, you’ll need to pull it out and check the model number and serial number on the rating plate located on the rear panel of the refrigerator.

The CPSC recall notice provides instructions for checking your refrigerator’s serial number to determine whether it’s included in the recall.

The recall encourages affected consumers to unplug and stop using these refrigerators. Haier is providing free in-home repairs of affected units or $150 rebates toward a new Haier refrigerator. To schedule a repair, go to Haier America’s recall page or call Haier at 888-364-2989.

Consumer Reports has tested two Haier top-freezer refrigerators, but neither of them falls under this recall. 

Recall Details

The recall: About 137,000 Haier top-freezer refrigerators.

The risk: An electrical component in the refrigerators can short-circuit and create a potential fire hazard.

Incidents/injuries: No injuries have been reported, but there have been three reports of smoke, fire, and property damage.

Where and when sold: Independent retailers and Lowe’s stores nationwide from September 2014 to September 2018 for between $400 and $500.

The remedy: Consumers should unplug and stop using the refrigerators and contact Haier for a free repair or $150 rebate toward a new Haier refrigerator.

Contact the manufacturer: Call 888-364-2989 or go to haierappliances.com/recalls.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.