Many families rely on dehumidifiers to reduce mold or mildew buildup in their homes, particularly in areas around bodies of water or in hot, humid climates. Excessive mold and mildew growth in the home can make you and your family members sick. Infants and children, people with compromised immune systems, the elderly, people with chronic lung disease and anyone suffering from allergies or asthma are typically more sensitive to mold spores and mildew.
If you have a dehumidifier in your home you should check to see if it is a Sears Kenmore brand sold between 2003 and 2009. Sears is recalling the dehumidifiers because they can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burns to consumers.
This is the second recall on this item because of additional incident 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. The first recall was issued in August of 2012.
The recall involves brand units 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made by LG and manufactured between 2003 and 2005. The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and are between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 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 should immediately turn off and unplug the 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 or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com. The gift card 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.
The product was sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and on their websites from 2003 to 2009 for $140.00 - $220.00.
Consumer Contact: LG Recall Fulfillment Center, toll-free at (855) 400-4641 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT Saturday. Consumers also can determine whether their product has been recalled and register for the remedy at www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.