May 8, 2009

Fricon upright freezers recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Fricon upright freezers due to a fire hazard.

The controller on the freezer is incompatible with the unit, creating a possibility of overheating, which could lead to a fire, the CPSC said in a statement.

About 960 of the freezers were imported from Portugal by Unilever, doing business as Good Humor Breyers United States of Trumbull, Conn.

The company has received four reports of fires, CPSC said.

The freezers are used in grocery stores. They were distributed nationwide from May 2007 through March 2009 for about $105 per year per unit.

Retailers were advised to disconnect the freezers and remove them from service. The company has taken steps to notify retailers and distributors, CPSC said.

Retailers can call 800-800-7900 for information.