Comfort Aire and Goldstar Dehumidifier Models
A dehumidifier recall has been reissued for 30 pint models manufactured by LG under the Goldstar and Comfort Aire brand names.
A fault in these LG models makes them a serious fire hazard and owners are urged to stop using them, disconnect them from the power supply and to contact LG Electronics for a free repair.
The models concerned are 30 pint portable units with "Goldstar" or "Comfort Aire" printed on the front of the casing. To help you to identify these models the casing is white and the models concerned have a red shut-off button.
These models were sold between January 2007 and June 2008 and were priced at between $140 and $150. The appliances were sold by Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc. and other retailers.
Faulty units being recalled have the following Model Nos. and Serial Nos. which can be found inside the casing and should be visible when the water bucket is removed.
The Model and Serial Nos. are:
Goldstar Model No. GHD30Y7
611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600
Sold by: Home Depot
Goldstar Model No. DH305Y7
612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000
Sold by: Walmart
Comfort Aire Model No. BHD-301-C
611TA000001 through 001697
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599
Sold by: Various retailers, including Ace Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.
For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Dehumidifier Recall - Background
This recall for Goldstar and Comfort Aire models was first issued in December 2009 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the manufacturer, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. following 11 incidents, including 4 serious fires.
The fires were caused by a fault in the power connector for the compressor which can short circuit with the risk of burns and, in extreme cases, a serious fire hazard.
98,000 faulty Gold Star and Comfort Aire units were sold but only around 2% of these were returned for repair following the original recall.
Since December 2009 a further 16 incidents, including a number of serious fires, have been reported and although, thankfully, no one has so far been injured the fire damage to property now exceeds $1 million.
In view of the continuing risk to people and property the CPSC in conjunction with LG has reissued this dehumidifier recall to encourage more people to come forward to have their faulty appliances repaired.
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