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September 14, 2011
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), September 14 urged consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers.

The firm re-announced the recall of about 98,000 of the dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than $1 million in property damage.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following 11 incidents, including 4 significant fires. Since that time, the company has received 16 additional incident reports of arcing, smoke, and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including 9 significant fires. No injuries have been reported.

Because of the severity of the risks, the CPSC and LG Electronics are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall. Only 2 percent of the 98,000 consumers who purchased the units have received a free repair, which means that many consumers remain at serious risk.

Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair.

Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11324.html


Submitted by:

James A. Rose

Regional Threat Preparedness Coordinator

Regional Threat Preparedness Unit

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department

 

 
   

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:07 PM

 
 

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