Sears Reannounces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Additional Reports of Fires, Burn, Low Consumer Response Rate

Sears Reannounces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Additional Reports of
                   Fires, Burn, Low Consumer Response Rate

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WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Consumers should stop
using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or
attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


Recall Summary

Name of Product:Kenmore dehumidifiers

Hazard:The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing
fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Remedy:Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers 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 or 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 or
toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.

Consumer Contact:LG  Recall Fulfillment Center, toll-free at (855) 400-4641
between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2
p.m. CT Saturday. Consumers also can determine whether their product has been
recalled and register for the remedy at

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Recall Details

Units:About 795,000 (previously recalled in August 2012)

Description:This recall involves Kenmore brand 35-, 50- and 70-pint
dehumidifiers made by LG and manufactured 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 deep. They have a fan, humidity
controls and a Kenmore logo on their top front panels. They come 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
70-pint (2005) -580.54701500

Incidents/Injuries: Sears has received seven additional incident reports of
shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including one incident
with a severe burn to a consumer's foot and three fires resulting in more than
$300,000 of property damage.

Sold exclusively at:Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and and from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.

Manufacturer:LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co., Ltd., of Tianjin, China

Importers: LG Electronics USA Inc. and Sears

Retailer:Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, of Hoffman Estates,

Manufactured in:China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in
receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this
product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please
tell us about your experience with the product on

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the
public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of
thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the
nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting
consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or
mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -
such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals –
contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with
consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a
publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall
ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or
teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can
obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter
@OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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