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Dehumidifiers recalled for fire, burn hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Sears and Kmart, announced today a voluntary recall of about 795,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers.

The dehumidifiers, made by LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co. Ltd. of Tianjin, China, were sold at Sears and Kmart stores, as well as at sears.com and kmart.com, from 2003 to 2009 for $140 to $220, the commission said in a statement.

They can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards, the statement said.

Sears and Kmart have received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries, the statement said.

It said the recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, made 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, the statement said. It said 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, the statement said. It said 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.
The statement said consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers, and contact Sears or Kmart 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, the statement said. In lieu of a gift card, it said, 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, the statement said.

For additional information, contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fort Wayne time Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fort Wayne time Saturday, or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.

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