Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Carlisle mum and son flee house fire caused by faulty freezer

A mum and son had to flee for safety after a faulty fridge freezer sparked a fire in their home.

Dad Darren Farish says he and his family were unaware this model of Beko freezer had been highlighted as a potential safety hazard when it caused the blaze that left the kitchen and living room of their Scalegate Road, Upperby, Carlisle, home wrecked.

Full details about the fire together with photos are in today's News & Star.

Cumbria fire service has urged other people owning this brand of fridge freezer to check if they too have a model which could be a risk.

Beko has issued a statement revealing the model numbers of appliances that may have a defrost timer that could fail, overheat and cause a potential fire hazard.

A statement on its website says: “It has come to our attention that in a very small number of incidents, involving certain models of Beko branded frost free fridge freezers, it may be possible for the defrost timer – located at the back of the fridge – to fail, overheat and cause a potential fire hazard.

“These products were independently tested before being placed on the market and met all UK and European safety standards when the products were sold.

“Nevertheless, as a responsible manufacturer which takes the safety of our products very seriously, we wish to make a free in-home modification to remove any potential risk with this component.

“We are seeking to contact owners of these products to carry out a free of charge modification to the defrost timer.”

The models affected were made between January 2000 and October 2006.

They have a serial number that begins with either 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06. This information is on a label inside the fridge. Beko will carry out a free modification to all affected models.

The affected model numbers are: CA 5411 FFS/FFW/FFX  /  CA 7014 FFX  /  CA 7015 FFW/FFS/FFX  /  CDA 539 FS/FW/FX  /  CDA 543 FS/FW/FX  / CDA 645 FW  /  CDA 647 FS/FW  /  CDA 648 FS/FW  /  CDA 653 FS/FW/FX  /  CDA 659 FS  /  CDA 751 FS/FX  /  CDA 752 FS/FW/FX  /  CS 460 FF/FFS/FFW/FFSD  CS 461 FFW/FFS  /  CSA 4706 FFX  CSB 4606 FFSD/FFS/FFW

Contact Beko on 0800 009 4837.

For a list of UK product recalls - covering automotive, food and other industries - visit RecallUK


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