By: Irvin Jackson | Published: August 3rd, 2012
Nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers have been recalled after at least three injuries and millions of dollars in fire and smoke damage were linked to the products, which were sold at Sears and Kmart.
The Kenmore dehumidifier recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on August 2, after the manufacturer, LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co. Ltd. received at least 107 reports of problems, including more than $7 million in property damage caused after the dehumidifiers overheated. In addition, at least three people have reported suffering a smoke inhalation injury.
The CPSC has determined that the dehumidifiers can overheat, causing the units to begin smoking, melting and catching fire, which can ignite other flammable materials nearby. The commission has determined that the dehumidifiers are a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
The recall affects about 795,000 35-,50- and 70-pint Kenmore dehumidifiers. The 35-pint units have a model number of 580.54351400 and were manufactured in 2004. The 50-pint dehumidifiers were manufactured in 2003 and have a model number of 580.53509300. The 70-pint units were manufactured in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and have model numbers of 580.53701300, 580.54701400, and 580.54701500, respectively.
The dehumidifiers are white, plastic and stand between 21 and 24 inches tall. They are about 15 inches wide and 13.5 inches in depth. The top front panels have fan and humidity controls and they have front-loading water buckets. Most came with remote controls. The model numbers can be seen on the right side interior if the water bucket is removed.
The dehumidifiers were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and online at Sears.com and Kmart.com for between $140 and $220 from 2003 through 2009.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the dehumidifiers, unplug them, and contact the company at the number or website below to receive a free Sears gift card for use at any Sears or Kmart store or on their websites. The card amount will range from $75 to $100 depending on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. Customers may also receive a check for the same amount instead of a gift card.
Consumers with questions can call (855) 400-4641 or visit the website at www.kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.