Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics

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

Recall date: September 14, 2011
Recall number: 11-324
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  • This fire at a home in Valparaiso, Ind. involved a recalled Goldstar dehumidifier and resulted in $192,000 in damage

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    This fire at a home in Valparaiso, Ind. involved a recalled Goldstar dehumidifier and resulted in $192,000 in damage

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers

Hazard:

The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.

Consumer Contact:

For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm’s website at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

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Recall Details

Units

About 98,000

Description

The recall involves the 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control, and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model and serial numbers are located on the interior of the dehumidifier, and can be seen when the water bucket is removed.

 

 

BrandModel No.Serial Number RangeSold at
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600
Home Depot
Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000
Walmart
Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TA000001 through 001697
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599
Various retailers, including Ace
Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.

Incidents/Injuries

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. Since that time, the company has received sixteen additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No injuries have been reported. Fires are reported to have caused more than $1 million in property damage including:

- $500,000 in damage to a home in Gibsonia, Pa.

- $200,000 in damage to a home in New Brighton, Minn.

- $183,000 in damage to a home in Hudson, Mass.

- $192,000 in damage to a home in Valparaiso, Ind.

- $139,000 in damage to a home in Salem, Ohio

- $129,000 in damage to a home in Brielle, N.J.

- $ 95,000 in damage to a home in Philadelphia, Pa.

Remedy

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

Sold at

The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., and other retailers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150. They were manufactured in China.

Manufacturer(s)

LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co.

Manufactured in

China

  • Recalled Goldstar dehumidifier

  • Recalled Goldstar dehumidifier

  • Recalled Comfort-Aire dehumidifier

  • This fire at a home in Valparaiso, Ind. involved a recalled Goldstar dehumidifier and resulted in $192,000 in damage