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Kenmore dehumidifiers sold at Sears, Kmart recalled over fire danger

Posted by Mitch Lipka  August 2, 2012 02:07 PM

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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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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs TheConsumerChronicle.com. He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at ConsumerNews@Aol.com

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