Home fire danger prompts dehumidifier recall reannouncement

(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)

WASHINGTON, DC (KAIT) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. are re-announcing the recall of Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers, and urging customers to recheck their dehumidifier's model and serial numbers.

The CPSC says the 98,000 dehumidifiers involved in the recall pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage. The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. While CPSC reports in injuries, the fires have cause extensive property damage including:

  • $500,000 in damage to a home in Gibsonia, PA
  • $200,000 in damage to a home in New Brighton, MN
  • $183,000 in damage to a home in Hudson, MA
  • $192,000 in damage to a home in Valparaiso, IN
  • $139,000 in damage to a home in Salem, OH
  • $129,000 in damage to a home in Brielle, NJ
  • $ 95,000 in damage to a home in Philadelphia, PA

According to CPSC, the recall involves 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The units are white with a read shut-of button, speed and humidity controls, and a front-loading water bucket. The model and serial numbers, which are located on the interior of the dehumidifier after the water bucket is removed, include the following:

Sold at Home Depot - Goldstar GHD30Y7

  • 611TAxx00001 through 08400
  • 611TAxx08401 through 40600
  • 612TAxx00001 through 20400
  • 612TAxx21001 through 30600

Sold at Wal-Mart - Goldstar DH305Y7

  • 612TAxx00001 through 00600
  • 701TAxx00001 through 16800
  • 702TAxx00001 through 03000

Sold at various retailers including Ace Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc. - Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C

  • 611TA000001 through 001697
  • 612TA000001 through 004200
  • 701TA000001 through 000578
  • 710TA000001 through 000599

CPSC and LG Electronic say they are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall as only two percent of consumers who bought the unit have received a free repair meaning consumers and their homes still face a serious risk.

The recall says the dehumidifiers were sold between Jan 2007 and June 2008 for between $140 and $150 and were manufactured in China.

For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm's website at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

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