On December 30, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. of China announced a voluntary recall of approximately 98,000 portable dehumidifiers due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The defective products have a power connector in the dehumidifier’s compressor that can short circuit.
The recall affects 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the following brand names:
The recalled products are white with a red shut-off button, with controls for fan speed and humidity level and a front-loading water bucket.
LG Electronics has received 11 reports of incidents involving arcing, heat, and smoke, including four fires that were sparked by the dehumidifiers that led to significant smoke and water damage in buildings. The defective products were sold in Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Heat Controller Inc. stores nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008.
Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled products immediately and contact LG at 877-220-0479 to receive a free repair.