Recalled Dehumidifers to Blame for Home Fires

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LG Electronics, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is reannouncing a recall of dehumidifiers that have been linkedto one million dollars in property damage, according to news sources.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009, after 11 reports were filed, four of which were serious fires. Only 2 percent of the 98,000 dehumdifiers sold were returned, meaning many consumers and their homes are still in danger. Sixteen additional reports have been filed since the initial recall, nine of which were seious fires. No serious injuries have occurred, but significant damages has been cause by the fires in several homes.

The original recall included 30 pint portable dehumidifiers of the Goldstar or Comfort-Aire brand. The product can short circuit, which poses fire and burn hazards, and has the potential to cause a serious fire. This product was sold at Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., among other retailers around the U.S. from January 2007 to June 2008 for about $140 to $150.

If you have one of these dehumidifiers, stop using it right away and unplug it. Consumers can contact LG for a free repair. Serial numbers of the affected models can be found here.

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