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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Thousands of dehumidifiers are being recalled for a second time after being blamed for more house fires.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said China-based LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. is again announcing a voluntary recall of select portable dehumidifiers. The company says the power connector for the machine’s compressor can short-circuit, posing fire and burn hazards.

About 98,000 dehumidifiers are being recalled, which were sold under the names “Goldstar” and “Comfort-Aire.” The recalled dehumidifiers have a 30 pint front-loading water bucket and are white with a red shut-off button and controls for fan speed and humidity control on the front of the product.

Recalled Goldstar dehumidifiers were sold at Home Depot and Walmart with the model number GHD30Y7 and DH305Y7. Recalled Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers were sold at Heat Controller Inc. with the model number BHD-301-C. The products were sold from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150.

The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following four significant fires. Since then, the company has received 16 additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires that spread to the building structure and involved significant smoke and water damage. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifier, contact LG to determine if it is included in the recall and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair.

For more information, call 877-220-0479 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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