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LG Recalls Top-Loading Washing Machines Due to Risk of Injury

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  • LG WT5001CW
  • LG WT5101HV
  • LG WT5101HW
  • Kenmore Elite 29002
  • Kenmore Elite 29278
  • Kenmore Elite 29278
  • Location of the rating label on the washer
  • Rating label with the serial number
  • Recalled washer rear view with detail of rating label location
Name of Product:
Top-Loading Washing Machines
Hazard:

An unbalanced load can cause the washing machine to shake excessively and the drum to come loose during use, posing a risk of injury to consumers and property damage to the surrounding area.

Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
December 18, 2012
Units:
About 457,000
Consumer Contact

For LG; toll-free at (855) 400-4639, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.lg.com/us and click on Public Notices.  For Kenmore or LG washers purchased at Sears or Kmart; contact Transform for Kenmore brand products toll-free at (800) 659-7026 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Recall Details

Description:

The recall involves three LG and three Kenmore Elite Brand top-loading washing machine models manufactured between February 2010 and November 2011. The units come in beige, white and graphite steel colors. Recalled washing machines have the following model and serial number ranges:

Brand Model Serial Number Range
LG WT5001CW 002KW******* through 111KW*******
WT5101HV
WT5101HW
Kenmore Elite 29002 005KW******* through 111KW*******
29272
29278

The model and serial number can be found on a label fixed on the rating plate on the top back of the washing machine.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately contact LG or Transform for Kenmore brand products for a free in-home repair of the machine.  Consumers will also receive supplemental information to be inserted into their owner’s manual and a new caution label to be placed on the washing machine.  Consumers who have observed their recalled washing machine shaking excessively should immediately stop using it.  Consumers should be aware that loading their machines with water-proof or water-resistant items, such as mattress pads, mattress covers and similar items, increases the chances of loads being unbalanced.

Incidents/Injuries:

LG has received at least 343 reports of washing machines vibrating excessively, of which at least 187 involved minor property damage.  One minor injury has been reported.

Sold At

LG models were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears and local retailers nationwide. Kenmore Elite models were sold at Kmart and Sears. All were sold from April 2010 to December 2012 for between $899 and $1,099.

Manufactured In:
South Korea
Recall number:
13-073
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About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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