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Sears Issues Another Recall for Some Kenmore Dehumidifiers that Pose a Fire Risk

Jul 18, 2013

Sears has re-announced a recall on dehumidifiers following more reports of fires caused by the items, as well as because so few purchasers have responded to the first notice.

This week Sears re-issued the recall on about 800,000 dehumidifiers that can short circuit and cause a fire. This could lead to serious injuries and property damage. The dehumidifiers in question were manufactured by LG Electronics Appliance Co. and sold under Sear’s Kenmore brand at both Sears and subsidiary Kmart stores nationwide, as well as via each retailer’s website. The dehumidifiers were manufactured between 2003 and 2005.

The first recall was issued back in August 2012, according to a report.

Since the first recall notice, officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Sears had received seven reports of these dehumidifiers short-circuiting. In one of these incidents, a person suffered severe burns, and three fires caused by this defect resulted in more than $300,000 in property damage.

Before the first recall, Sears had received 100 or more reports from customers regarding problems with the Kenmore dehumidifiers, the CPSC said. Some suffered property damage to their homes; one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The recall includes Kenmore dehumidifiers of varying size, including the 35-, 50-, and 70-pint models.

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