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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

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


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers and All-Refrigerators

Units: About 112,000

Manufacturer: W.C. Wood Company Inc., of Ottawa, Ohio

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 unitís interior plastic food liner.

Incidents/Injuries: W.C. Woods has received 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 unitís interior plastic liner. No injuries have been reported.

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 Woodís, which is written on the front of the unit. The manufacturer label with the model number and date of manufacture is located on the inside of the cabinet. A list of model numbers and dates of manufacture included in the recall is listed below.

Brand Model Numbers Date of Manufacture
Amana AFU1567*, AFU1767*, AFU2067* 200209
(September 2002)


(February 2004)
Crosley FFCR17*, WCF15*, WCF17*, WCF20*
Danby DUF1700*, DFF1708*
Maytag MQU1556*, MQU2057*
Whirlpool EV150NXM*, EV170NYL*, EV171NYM*, EV200NXK*,
Woodís F15*, F17*, F20*, F42*, F47*, F55*, WFF15*,
WFF17*, WFF20*, RFA17*, RFC17*, R47F*

Sold at: Home improvement and appliance stores from September 2002 through February 2005 for between $400 and $1,000.

Manufactured in: Canada and United States

Remedy: Consumers should contact W.C. Wood Co. to arrange for a free in-home repair.

Consumer Contact: Contact W.C. Wood toll-free at (866) 493-3314 or visit the firmís Web site at

Automatic Defrost Upright Freezer

Automatic Defrost All-Refrigerator

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

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