Sears Reissues Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Fire Hazards By Tod Aronovitz | 07/31/13 | 0 Comment

Sears is re-announcing a recall on various models of its Kenmore dehumidifiers due to continuing reports of fire. The dehumidifiers were originally recalled in August 2012, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but consumer response rates were low.

The recall affects 795,000 Kenmore units that were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220. The Kenmore products involved in the recall are 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers manufactured by LG from 2003 through 2005.

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. In addition to 107 incidents reported last year, Sears has received seven additional 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.

Made of white plastic, the dehumidifiers measure between 21 and 24 inches tall and are about 15 inches wide and almost 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

Consumers with these products should immediately turn off and unplug their 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, Sears.com, Kmart or Kmart.com stores. The 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 Sears.com toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.

For more information, contact the LG Recall Fulfillment Center, toll-free at 855-400-4641 from 8 am to 7 pm CT Monday through Friday and between 8 am and 2 pm CT on Saturday. Consumers also can determine whether their product has been recalled and register for the recall process at www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.

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