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Home > Recalled Products > Home & Garden > Appliances (Large) > Washing Machines > LG, Kenmore Top-Loading Washing Machines

Recall: LG, Kenmore Top-Loading Washing Machines

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On 2012-12-18, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding LG, Kenmore Top-Loading Washing Machines due to a potential property damage and injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2010 for about $899 to $1099.

About 500,000 units are involved in this LG Electronics washing machine recall. Instance(s) of injuries, property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Washing Machines category in 2012.

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LG, Kenmore Top-Loading Washing Machines
Image of Recalled Washer LG WT5001CW 586370
Image of Recalled Washer LG WT5101HV 191056
Image of Recalled Washer LG WT5101HW 845903
Image of Recalled Washer Kenmore Elite 29002 421880
Image of Recalled Washer Kenmore Elite 29272 491596
Image of Recalled Washer Kenmore Elite 29278 545182
Image of Location of the rating label on the recalled washer 381397
Image of Recalled Washing machine Rating label with the serial number 181672
Note: The recalling company may not have provided images for every model. Please review the detailed description below.

Company Contact Information:

Website: www.lg.com
Phone: (855) 400-4639

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What is the problem?

An unbalanced load can cause the washing machine to shake excessively and the drum to come loose during use, posing a risk of injury to consumers and property damage to the surrounding area.

Instance(s) of injuries, property damage have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall involves three LG and three Kenmore Elite Brand top-loading washing machine models manufactured between February 2010 and November 2011. The units come in beige, white and graphite steel colors. Recalled washing machines have the following model and serial number ranges:

BrandModelSerial Number Range
LGWT5001CW002KW*******
WT5101HVthrough
WT5101HW111KW*******
Kenmore Elite29002005KW*******
29272through
29278111KW*******

The model and serial number can be found on a label fixed on the rating plate on the top back of the washing machine.

Information on where these items sold new+: LG models were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears and local retailers nationwide. Kenmore Elite models were sold at Kmart and Sears. All were sold from April 2010 to December 2012 for between $899 and $1,099.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately contact LG or Sears for a free in-home repair of the machine. Consumers will also receive supplemental information to be inserted into their owner's manual and a new caution label to be placed on the washing machine. Consumers who have observed their recalled washing machine shaking excessively should immediately stop using it. Consumers should be aware that loading their machines with water-proof or water-resistant items, such as mattress pads, mattress covers and similar items, increases the chances of loads being unbalanced.

For LG; toll-free at (855)400-4639, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.lg.com/us and click on Public Notices. For Kenmore or LG washers purchased at Sears or Kmart; toll-free at (888) 812-2935, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.sears.com and click on Customer Service Home then Product Recalls in the Product Information section.

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

LG has received at least 343 reports of washing machines vibrating excessively, of which at least 187 involved minor property damage. One minor injury has been reported.

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+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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