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Viking Range recalls built-in refrigerators

BY HBSDealer Staff

Viking Range is expanding its previous recall of Viking built-in 36-in. wide refrigerators with bottom freezers, previously recalled in 2009 and recently renewed due to 39 additional reports of falling refrigerator doors.

Twelve of these reports involved bodily injury (fractures, bruises, strains and cuts), and 25 involved property damage. The 39 recent reports are in addition to the 57 that led to the initial recall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers with faulty doors to contact Viking for a free in-home repair.

"Consumers should stop using the recalled refrigerators if the door does not appear to be sealed properly, the door is sagging or it fails to open or close normally," stated the CPSC. "If the door is working properly, consumers can continue to use the refrigerator until it has been repaired." 

The recall affects approximately 31,000 units with serial numbers 110105 – 081012 (model numbers DDBB363, DDBB536, DTBB363, DFBB363, DFBB536 and FDBB5361) and 110105 – 080512 (model numbers VCBB363, VCBB536, VCBB5361, VIBB363 and VIBB536).

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Homes for Our Troops delivers keys in Georgia

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie received the keys to their brand new home, completed in June and built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), in Hawkinsville, Ga., and then helped to break ground next door on Tony’s friend and fellow Marine, Cpl Michael Boucher’s specially adapted home. 

Built at no cost to severely wounded veterans by HFOT, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization, these projects depend on labor donated by contractors and skilled workers and from donated materials.


More than 200 people came out to congratulate these two real-life heroes and to help Homes For Our Troops break ground where Cpl Boucher’s new home will be built — right next door to his buddy. 

“The courage these American heroes display is inspiring,” said Joseph Patterson, distribution manager, Armstrong, a partner distributor for Homes for our Troops.

The specially adapted homes built by HFOT include many products that help the veterans participate in and enjoy daily life with their families. Each home is designed to provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently after returning injured from service. 

“Homes for Our Troops will help me be able to get around in my own home with no troubles," said Cpl Mullis. "They will provide me with the house that will become the foundation of the home my wife and I will be able to live in as a normal family.”



Seventy percent of HFOT funds raised are through individual contributions from across the country.

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Jenn-Air unveils under-counter refrigerators

BY HBSDealer Staff

Jenn-Air is highlighting the advantages of having an additional under-counter refigerator with a new collection of said appliances.

The refrigerators aim to promote an upscale, flush design for any range of applications, up to and including wine cellars, beverage centers, under-counter refrigerators, double refrigerator drawers and refrigerator/freezer drawers.

All refrigerators come in 24-inch width sizing with a soft-close feature. Customers can choose from styles ranging from stainless steel to custom finish.

"An additional refrigerator offers several advantages when cooking or entertaining and it’s a category that we think will continue to grow in the high-end market," says Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air. "Whether placed in the kitchen, media room or master suite, our latest built-in under counter collection of refrigerators keep items within easy reach and can be seamlessly blended into their surroundings."

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