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Dehumidifiers recalled over fire hazard

Dehumidifiers recalled over fire hazard

Credit: CPSC

by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE NEWS

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kvue.com

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 30 at 7:49 PM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning people who bought several different models of LG Dehumidifiers to stop using them because they may catch fire.

The recall affects 98,000 LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. portable dehumidifiers.

The problem is with the power connector it can short circuit. There have been 11 reports of property damage including four fires that caused significant smoke and water damage.

This recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names in the chart below. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

Brand

Model No.

Serial Number Range

Sold at

Goldstar

GHD30Y7

611TAxx00001~08400
611TAxx08401~40600
612TAxx00001~20400
612TAxx21001~30600

Home Depot

Goldstar

DH305Y7

612TAxx00001~00600
701TAxx00001~16800
702TAxx00001~03000

Wal-Mart

Comfort-Aire

BHD-301-C

611TAxx00001~01697
612TAxx00001~04200
701TAxx00001~00578
710TAxx00001~00599

Heat Controller Inc.

They were sold at The Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150.

For a free repair call LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday for the location of an authorized LG service center for the repair, or visit the firm’s Web site.

 

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