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From Products Liability Law Daily, July 17, 2013

Sears Reannounces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Additional Reports of Fires and Injuries

By Joseph Bichl

Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, reannounced the recall of almost 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers after receiving reports of additional injuries and property damage as well as low consumer response rate (CPSC Recall Notice, 13-238, July 17, 2013). To date, one severe burn, three smoke inhalation injuries, and more than $7.3 million in property damage have been reported in incidents involving the dehumidifiers, Sears and the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated. The dehumidifiers were previously recalled in August, 2012. According to Sears, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt, and catch on fire.

Description. The recall involves Kenmore-brand 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made by LG and manufactured between 2003 and 2005. They are made of white plastic and are between 21 and 24 inches tall, approximately 15 inches wide, and about 13.5 inches deep. They have a fan, humidity controls, and a Kenmore logo on their top front panels. They are equipped with front-loading water buckets. Some models include remote controls. 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; and 70-pint (2005) - 580.54701500.

The dehumidifiers, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and http://www.Sears.com and http://www.Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.

Remedy: Consumers are advised to turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers immediately and contact the Recall Fulfillment Center 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 http://www.Sears.com or http://www.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 toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.

For more information. Consumers can contact LG Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Consumers also can determine whether their product has been recalled and register for the remedy at http://www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.

Companies: Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Kmart Corporation; LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co., Ltd.; LG Electronics USA Inc.

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