LEC TF2304W Fridge Freezer – safety notice. The following notice has been issued by the retailer regarding the GDHA LEC TF2304W Fridge Freezer.
This looks like the same problem that has affected the Beko fridge freezers here – Beko Frost Free Fridge Freezers safety notice (Fire risk) which is also regarding the defrost timer. There may be a link in that they could be the same parts, same design, but that’s purely speculative on my part, it could just be coincidence. However, in the Beko cases at least 20 fires and one death have been reported in London alone so these issues are very serious.
Apparently, “in a very small number of incidents, the defrost timer on a certain production range of LEC frost free refrigeration can fail and overheat”. “Overheat” is sometimes a euphemism for “catch fire”.
The model affected is the LEC TF2304W in White and was manufactured between January 2004 and October 2006. As a responsible manufacturer, GDHA are seeking to contact owners of these products to carry out a free of charge modification to the defrost timer.
Quote from the manufacturer –
“WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU OWN ONE OF THESE PRODUCTS
If you own an affected product, or if you are unsure if your product is affected, call GDHAs free phone number 0800 110 5728 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. The manufacturer will arrange to visit your home and make the modification to the product at no charge to you. Please have the model and serial number of your product when you call.”
The full recall notice was posted on Trading Standard’s site but unfortunately they keep moving pages about because it is no longer there. You should be able to find it if you search their Trading standards safety notices list