Due to additional incident reports, and a low consumer response rate, Sears and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have reannounced a recall of Kenmore dehumidifiers. Consumers should stop using the product unless otherwise instructed.
Previously recalled in August 2012, the Kenmore dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing hazards to consumers. Sears has received seven additional incident reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, and three fires resulting in more than $300,000 of property damage.
The recall concerns about 795,000 units and involves Kenmore brand 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.
They were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220. 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 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 their respective websites. The gift card amount will depend on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. Consumers may request a check for the refund amount instead. All consumers with recalled units will also receive a $25 coupon that may be used at Sears stores or Sears.com toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.
A recall information website has been set up at www.kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.