Monthly Archives: June 2009

Viking Range Corporation Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 16, 2009 – Release # 09-242

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 345-2650, CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772, CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

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

Units: About 45,000

Manufacturer: Viking Range Corporation, of Greenwood, Miss.

Hazard: The refrigerator’s doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

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

Description: This recall involves Viking built-in 48-inch wide side-by-side refrigerator/freezers and the built-in 36-inch wide refrigerators with bottom freezers with model and serial numbers with date codes listed below. The refrigerators come in stainless steel and various colors and wood finishes and are built into the kitchen cabinetry. “Viking” is written on the front of the refrigerator. The model and serial numbers are located either behind the produce drawer or on the ceiling of the interior of the refrigerators. The 42-inch wide or freestanding refrigerators are not included in this recall.

Model Numbers Starting With — Date Codes

VCSB481, VCSB482, DDSB482, DFSB482, DTSB482, DDBB362, VCBB360, VCBB362, DFBB362, DTBB362, DTBB363 — All units
VCSB483, DDSB483, DFSB483, DTSB483 — Date codes before 030104
VCSB483D, DDSB483D, DFSB483D — Date codes before 030105
VCBB363 — Date codes before 102005
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, e.g., serial number 051903G0000000375 was manufactured on May 19, 2003 and serial number F01250210170 was manufactured on January 25, 2002.

Sold by: Appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from July 1999 through April 2006 for between $4,725 and $6,400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Viking immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled refrigerator if the door isn’t sealing properly, is sagging, or fails to open and close properly. If the door is functioning properly, consumers may continue to use the refrigerator until it has been repaired.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Viking toll-free at (888) 345-2650 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit Viking’s Web site at

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recall product, please go to:

Dryer Venting Requirements

Dryer venting questions and confusions keep coming up in emails and in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum. Lots of disinformation out there about dryer vents, too.

How Dryers Work

A dryer’s job is pretty simple: heat the clothes so that the water in the fabrics evaporates. Then get rid of all that water vapor (humidity) by moving lots of air through through the drum.

Pop Quiz: What happens if the dryer is heating OK, but it can’t move enough air through the drum?

Answer: The clothes will get warm but will not dry in a reasonable amount of time. Why is that, Capt. Ron? Because if the air inside the drum is already saturated with water vapor from the warm, wet clothes, then it can’t hold anymore water vapor. The air is what we professional appliantologists call, “saturated.”

Dryer Venting Q & A:

Q: How do you get the air to hold more water vapor?

A: By getting rid of the water vapor that’s already there!

Q: And how do we get rid of the water vapor in the air inside the drum?

A: Through the dryer vent!

Get the idea? If the vent is restricted, it won’t move enough air to purge the water vapor from inside the dryer drum. So your clothes stay wet.

When I tell people this, I invariably get the reply, “Well, I checked for lint buildup in the vent and it’s all clear.”

Ah, I see, so lint build-up is the ONLY possible way that dryer vents can become restricted? How about if the vent hose is crushed or kinked? What if the vent hood flapper on the outside of the house is stuck closed? Hmm…

Ponder these things whilst you grok on this handy guide on dryer venting requirements.

To learn more about your dryer, or to order parts, click here.