Recall: Kenmore Dehumidifiers
On 2012-08-02, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Kenmore Dehumidifiers due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2003 for about $140 to $220.
About 800,000 units are involved in this LG Electronics dehumidifier recall. Instance(s) of injuries, major property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers category in 2012.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 4 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (855) 400-4641
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What is the problem?
The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Instance(s) of injuries, major property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, manufactured between 2003 and 2005. The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and are between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 13.5 inches in depth. They have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels and some models include remote controls. They come with front-loading water buckets. The model number can be found on the right side of the interior of the unit once the bucket has been removed. Recalled units have the following model numbers:
|35-pint (2004) - 580.54351400|
|50-pint (2003) - 580.53509300|
|70-pint (2003) - 580.53701300|
|70-pint (2004) - 580.54701400|
|70-pint (2005) - 580.54701500|
These items were sold new+ at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact the firm to receive a Sears gift card for either $75, $80, $90 or $100, which may be used at any Sears or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com. The gift card amount will depend on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. In lieu of a gift card, consumers may request a check for the refund amount. All consumers with recalled units will also receive a $25 coupon that may be used at Sears Department Stores or Sears.com toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.
For additional information, contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855)400-4641 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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