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CPSC, W.C. Wood Company Inc. Announce Recall of Upright Freezers and Single Door Refrigerators

RELEASE DATE September 27 2005
BRANDS Amana, Crosley, Danby, Maytag, Whirlpool, Wood's
UNITS About 112,000
HAZARD The defrost heater coil can become exposed inside the units, which poses a potential shock hazard to consumers. In some cases the exposed heater wire can also melt, or burn the unit's interior plastic food liner.
DESCRIPTION The recalled single door freezers and refrigerators are 15, 17 and 20-cubic foot Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers and 17-cubic foot Automatic Defrost All-Refrigerators that can be converted into freezers. They were sold under the brand names Amana, Crosley, Danby, Maytag, Whirlpool and Wood's, which is written on the front of the unit.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES There have been 45 reports of incidents of the defrost heater coil becoming exposed. Nine of those incidents resulted in an electrical short. The others melted and burned the unit's interior plastic liner. No injuries have been reported.
SOLD AT Home improvement and appliance stores
SOLD DATES September 2002 through February 2005
REMEDY Consumers with Amana, Maytag or Whirlpool brands should contact Whirlpool Corp. to arrange for a free in-home repair. There is no longer any remedy for affected Crosley, Danby and Wood units. The W.C. Wood Co. is out of business.
CONSUMER CONTACT Contact Phone: (866) 580-9177
SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Recalled Models

Brand NameProduct NameModel NumberSerial Number
Amana Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers AFU1567, AFU1767, AFU2067 Any
Crosley Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers FFCR17, WCF15, WCF17, WCF20 Any
Danby Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers DUF1700, DFF1708 Any
Maytag Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers MQU1556, MQU2057 Any
Whirlpool Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers EV150NXM, EV170NYL, EV171NYM, EV200NXK, EV201NXM, EL7ATRRK, EL7ATRRM, EL7JWKLM, EL7JWKRM Any
Wood's Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers F15, F17, F20, F42, F47, F55, WFF15, WFF17, WFF20, RFA17, RFC17, R47F Any
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