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Consumers Ignored Initial Product Recall – CPSC Issues Another
Do you have a dehumidifier in your home? If it is a Goldstar or Comfort-Aire brand dehumidifier, pay close attention. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced another product recall of the two brands due to risks of fire and burn injuries. The power connector on the unit can short-out, causing a fire and burn injuries.
The fire hazard associated with the two dehumidifiers first came to the CPSC’s attention in 2009 after 11 reported fire incidents. But a lack of consumer response to the free repair prompted the CPSC to issue another recall of the dehumidifiers. There were 98,000 dehumidifiers sold, but only about 2 percent of consumers received the free repair after the initial recall.
Of the 11 fires caused by the defective product, nine were serious. Although no one suffered injuries in the fires, property damage totals over $1 million. The CPSC encourages anyone with the dehumidifiers to unplug them and contact a nearby LG Electronics store for the free repair.
Most people place dehumidifiers in the basement or lower levels of their homes. The homeowner may not be aware of a fire if it breaks out in their basement until it is too late. One of the defective humidifiers caused over $500,000 in damage to a home in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.
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