The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling about 795,000 Kenmore Dehumidifiers as the devices can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
The dehumidifiers were sold at Sears and Kmart from 2003-2009 for $140 to $220.
The firm has received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries.
Description: This recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, 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 in depth. They have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels and some models include remote controls. They come with front-loading water buckets. 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 firm 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.
For additional information, contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com
The CPSC has also issued a recall on the GE Adora™, GE Eterna™, GE Profile™ and Hotpoint®, Dishwashers.
They were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel™ exterior colors and finishes. The model and serial numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub wall visible when the door is opened. Model and serial numbers will start with one of the following sequences:
The recall affects about 1.3 million appliances. GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Number Begins With:
GE Profile GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61,
GSD62,GSD63, GSD66, GSD67,
GSD69, GLDL,PDW7, PDWF7,
EDW4, EDW5, EDW6,GHD4,
GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6 FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL,
AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM,
MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM,
AR, DR, FR, GR
The recalled appliances were sold at appliance dealers, authorized builder distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 through August 2009 for between $350 and $850.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. For all dishwashers, contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub dishwasher, or a rebate of $100 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control stainless tub dishwasher or GE Profile top control dishwasher. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.
For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 or visit the firm’s website at www.geappliances.com/recall