LANSING (WWJ) – Sears is recalling nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers because of potential fire and burn hazards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire.
The 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 recalled products were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and online from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.
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 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
Sears said they received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact the firm to receive a gift card or check for either $75, $80, $90 or $100. The reimbursement amount will depend on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. 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 more information, contact the Recall Fulfillment Center at 855-400-4641 or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com.