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.
|Brand||Model No.||Serial Number Range||Sold at|
|Goldstar||GHD30Y7||611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600
|Goldstar||DH305Y7||612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000
|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.
Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair."
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."
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.
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