‘Fall hazard’: Fridges sold at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, RONA and other stores part of big Health Canada recall and warning as serious injuries reported

Health Canada is warning shoppers about a major recall involving certain fridges sold at big-name stores.

This recall involves GE Brand 36” (91.5 cm) wide, bottom freezer refrigerator with fingerprint resistant stainless-steel coating.

The company reported that approximately 2,282 units of the affected product were sold in Canada and approximately 155,000 were sold in the United States from February 2020 to July 2021.

Home Depot confirmed on its website it sold some of the fridges impacted, while Lowe’s and RONA said in an email they sold two of the models targeted by the recall and the stores stopped selling them Feb. 3.

Best Buy spokesperson Matthew Wilson said the company was notified by GE’s distributor about the “identified health issue” which affected three SKUs that Best Buy carried.

Best Buy has deactivated the affected SKU numbers to prohibit sale, removed he SKUs from BestBuy.ca and returned the products.

In the United States, GE Appliances, a Haier Company has received 37 reports of injuries, including three serious injuries from falling while attempting to open the freezer drawer, Health Canada said.

“In some products, the freezer drawer handle can detach when the consumer tries to open the freezer drawer, posing a fall hazard to consumers,” the warning states.

Consumers should contact MC Commercial Inc. for a free inspection and repair. Once inspected or repaired, the product can continue to be used, sold or redistributed, Health Canada said in its recall warning.

For more information, consumers may contact MC Commercial Inc. online, or by phone at 1-833-607-3322 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for an inspection.

The products were also sold at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy and other home improvement and home appliance stores nationwide south of the Border, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.