Sears Recalls Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

by John Chapman

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Kenmore-brand dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers are being recalled due to the risk that they can overheat, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. According to Sears and Kmart, the retailers selling the recalled dehumidifiers, they have received over 100 reports of incidents involving these dehumidifiers. The incidents are believed to have caused at least three smoke inhalation injuries and more than $7 million in property damage.

The dehumidifiers being recalled were manufactured between 2003 and 2005 by LG Electronics (Tianjin) Appliance Co., Ltd., of Tianjin, China. The recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit. The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic, have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels and come equipped with front-loading water buckets. 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

The humidifiers at issue were sold between 2003 and 2009 at a price of between $140 and $220.

If you have one of the recalled humidifiers, you should immediately unplug the unit and contact the Recall Fulfillment Center at (855) 400-4641.

If you were injured or your property was damaged by one of the recalled humidifiers, you may be entitled to cash compensation. To find out if you have a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free contact form.

by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.