Liebherr, an Austrian-based appliance manufacturer, in compliance with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has voluntarily recalled about 5,700 units of their Built-In 30-Inch Wide Bottom Freezer Refrigerators, due to a faulty hinge. The hinge pin on certain models can detach, allowing the door to fall loose and creating an injury hazard to consumers. The recall was announced after Libherr received ten reports of doors of certain models detaching. No injuries have been reported, but anyone with one of these refrigerators should stop using it immediately and contact Liebherr.
Be sure to properly identify your appliance before contacting the manufacturer. The appliances in question are 30-inch wide bottom freezer refrigerators, sold at appliance and specialty retailers between February 2004 and January 2011. Some were sold individually and some in sets with other companion units. Various finishes, including many stainless steel models, were available on these built-in units, which were typically installed directly into kitchen cabinetry. The refrigerators bear the name of the manufacturer, Liebherr, on the top interior control panel. The model and index numbers are located on a label behind the bottom drawer on the left interior side of the door. Cross-check the model number with the list below.
Anyone with one of the recalled units should first check to see if door hinge pin has become loose. This can pose immediate danger. Whether the pin is loose or not, contact Liebherr, who will schedule a free in-home repair of the appliance. If the pin is loose, immediately discontinue use of the appliance. Refrigerators will the pins still intact will be safe to use until the repair takes place.
Please note: it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. All recalled products should be addressed for safety concerns directly by the manufacturer.
Any information about incidents or injuries related to these recalled appliances, either from the reported defect or another defect in the same appliance, should be directed to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.saferproducts.gov/.