August 12, 2010

Potentially Hazardous Dehumidifiers Recalled by U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire portable dehumidifiers due to a potential fire hazard. The commission said that the recall involves 98,000 dehumidifiers exported from China by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. The dehumidifiers have power connectors that can short circuit, posing a fire and burn risk, the commission said.

LG Electronics has received four reports of fires involving recalled dehumidifiers, "including one that resulted in significant damage to a home."

The recalled models include: Goldstar model No. GHD30Y7 which was sold at Home Depot outlets; Goldstar model No. DH305Y7 sold at Walmart stores; and Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C dehumidifiers sold at Heat Controller, Inc. (a residential and commercial heating equipment supplier).  The recalled units were sold from January 2007 through June 2008 and ranged in price from $145 to $150. 

Consumers are advised to stop using the dehumidifiers and contact LG to schedule a free repair at an LG service center.

The CPSC explicitly states, "Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed" and further emphasize that "it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product."

For more information on the dehumidifier recall and photographs of the product, visit the following website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10316.html.

Motley Rice attorneys advocate for the improved health and welfare of consumers, fight against manufacturers of defective or dangerous consumer products and work to promote changes in safety standards. If you or someone you know has received injuries due to the recently recalled Goldstar and Comfort-Aire portable dehumidifers, contact  Anne Kearse or Kevin Dean via email or call +1 800.768.4026.