Sub-Zero Refrigerator Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin has agreed to inspect its model 501 and 550 built-in refrigerator-freezer units. The voluntary inspection, which will be carried out free of charge for any of these two models that were installed between June 1989 and December 1992, is designed to detect and correct improper installation procedures that may cause these units to tip over.
This inspection is offered in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and it affects 61,000 refrigerator-freezer units that were sold by appliance and kitchen dealers throughout the United States. The units are 36 inches wide and can be identified by the “Sub-Zero” logo on the ventilating grille. The model number can be found on the manufacturer’s sticker that is attached to the interior door frame. The Model 501 refrigerator-freezers are single-door units with the motor on the bottom, and the Model 550 refrigerator-freezers include a bottom drawer under the single refrigerator door. The Model 550 motor is at the top of the unit.
These refrigerator-freezers must be secured to the surrounding cabinetry or to the wall studs. Tip-over can result if the units were not properly installed.
Contact Sub-Zero to arrange for an inspection and all necessary corrective re-installation by calling 1-800-222-7820 or by mail at: Sub- Zero Freezer Company Inc., P.O. Box 44130, Madison, WI 53744-4130. Please include name, address and telephone number in any correspondence sent to Sub-Zero by mail.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to accept reports of any incident or injury related to the tip-over issue above or to any other hazard related to the Sub-Zero models 501 and 550. Please report any experiences you may have had with these models of refrigerator-freezer on the www.saferproducts.gov website.
The CPSC serves to protect the public from injury or death caused by dangerous or defective consumer products that pose a fire, mechanical or electrical hazard. Damages from such products cost the nation over $900 million every year. Please contact the CPSC via the saferproducts.gov website or by calling (800) 638-2772 or (800) 638-8270 (teletypewriter) to report any instances of property damage, injury or death caused by defective or dangerous products or consumer product malfunction.