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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kmart and Sears Roebuck have recalled about 795 thousand LG Electronics Dehumidifiers sold between 2003 and 2005.
The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The firm has received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries.
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
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 the website by clicking here.
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