Sears Canada Advised of a Potential Safety Hazard Relating to Frigidaire(TM) Washing Machines and Kenmore(TM) Laundry Centres



    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Sears Canada has been advised by the Frigidaire
division of Electrolux Canada Corp. of a potential safety hazard relating to
certain washing machines and laundry centres. Laundry centres are comprised of
a stacked washer and dryer combination. It has been discovered that an
internal defect in the washer's drain pump can cause heat to build up, posing
a fire hazard to consumers.
    The washing machines and laundry centres were sold through Sears Canada
retail stores, online at www.sears.ca, and through the Sears Canada catalogue,
between February 2009 and May 2009. The affected model numbers and
corresponding Sears item numbers are as follows.

    
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    Item                                                           Selling
    Number  Model Number   Type           Serial No. Range         Price
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    38612   FTF530FS0      Frigidaire FL  XC90501765 - XC91607678  $649.99
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    38622   GLTF1570FS0    Frigidaire FL  XC91405383 - XC91501344  $699.99
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    97812   970 C97812-00  Kenmore LC     XE90803769 - XE91600780  $999.97
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    97812   970 C97812-10  Kenmore LC     XE90803769 - XE91600780  $999.97
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    97912   970 C97912-00  Kenmore LC     XE90803809 - XE91600835  $1,149.97
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    97912   970 C97912-10  Kenmore LC     XE90803809 - XE91600835  $1,149.97
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    97962   970 C97962-00  Kenmore LC     XE91000577               $899.94
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    97962   970 C97962-10  Kenmore LC     XE91000577               $899.94
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    97962   970 C97962-20  Kenmore LC     XE91000577               $899.94
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    The Frigidaire Washing Machines are front load models. The model and
serial numbers are located at the top centre of the door frame. The Kenmore
Laundry Centre model and serial numbers are located on the outer edge of the
dryer door near the handle
    Sears Canada will be contacting potentially affected customers to arrange
for the free replacement of the washers' pump. Customers who have questions
are encouraged to call 1-800-469-4663 (1-800-4-MY-HOME)
    In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada urges customers who own
an affected washing machine or laundry centre to cease use immediately. Sears
Canada will be posting signs in all of its retail stores to advise customers
of this safety hazard. Sears Canada is bringing this matter to the public's
attention in the interest of consumer safety and apologizes for any
inconvenience.

    Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 198 corporate
stores, 193 dealer stores, 40 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue
merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home
maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping
online at www.sears.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Michelle Lennard, Sears Corporate
Communications, (416) 435-5711, mlennar@sears.ca


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