Nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers sold only at Sears and Kmart stores are being recalled after more than 100 consumers reported incidents of the units overheating that caused more than $7 million in property damage, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The units were made by LG Electronics of Tianjin, China. The recalled dehumidifiers include the 35-, 50- and 70-pint models. They have a Kenmore logo on the front top and were made between 2003 and 2005 and sold through 2009 for $140-$220.
If you remove the bucket, the model number can be found on the right side of the interior. The following model numbers are recalled:
- 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
If you have one of the humidifiers, unplug it immediately and contact Sears to receive a gift card worth $75-$100 (depending on its age and capacity) plus a $25 coupon for a new Kenmore dehumidifier.
For more information, call the Recall Fulfillment Center at (855) 400-4641 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday or go to the company's recall site.
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