Viking Range Recalls Built-in Side-by-Side Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach

    GREENWOOD, MS, Aug. 18 /CNW/ -

    Product Name: Viking Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezer Units and
Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers.

    Number Sold: Approximately 1,798 of the recalled products were sold in

    Manufacturer: Viking Range Corp. of Greenwood, Mississippi.

    Hazard Identified: The doors on the refrigerator can detach, posing an
injury hazard to consumers.

    Incidents/Injuries: Viking has received a total of around 57 reports of
doors detaching, including four reports of injuries involving bruises, broken
toes/fingers, and strains. Several incidents of minor damage to floors and
counters have also been reported.

    Full Product Description: This recall involves built-in side-by-side
refrigerator/freezer units and built-in refrigerators with bottom freezer by
Viking Range Corporation. The units are available in stainless steel, various
colours, and wood finishes, and are built in to the kitchen cabinetry. The
word "Viking" is written on the front of each unit. The side-by-side
refrigerator/freezer is approximately 122 cm (48 inches) wide and the
refrigerator with a bottom freezer is approximately 91cm (36 inches) wide. The
recalled units can be identified by the following model numbers and date
codes. The date code is the first 6 numbers of the serial number. Both the
model number and serial number can be found either behind the produce drawer
or on the inside ceiling of the refrigerator.

    Model Numbers Starting With:           Date Codes
    VCSB481, VCSB482, DDSB482, DFSB482,    All units
    DTSB482, DDBB362, VCBB360, VCBB362,
    DFBB362, DTBB362, DTBB363
    VCSB483, DDSB483, DFSB483, DTSB483     Date codes before 030104
    VCSB483D, DDSB483D, DFSB483D           Date codes before 030105
    VCBB363                                Date codes before 111605
    DDBB363                                Date codes before 112305
    DFBB363                                Date codes before 041006

    The first six numbers in the serial number are the manufacture date of
the unit in (mm)(dd)(yy) format. For example, serial number 051903G0000000375
was manufactured on May 19, 2003 and serial number F01250210170 was
manufactured on January 25, 2002. Units that are 42 inches (107 cm) wide or
are free-standing are not included in this recall.
    Viking has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada
relating to the use of these built-in refrigerators/freezers.

    Corrective Action: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled
refrigerators if the door is not sealing properly, is sagging, or does not
open and close properly. Consumers are advised to contact Viking to schedule a
free in-home repair. If there are no problems with the door, then consumers
may continue to use the refrigerator until a repair can be done.

    Time Period Sold: The recalled products were sold from July 1999 to April

    Manufactured in the United States of America.

For further information:

For further information: consumers may contact Viking toll-free at
1-888-345-2650 from 8AM to 5PM ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's
website at

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