The following products were recently recalled due to presenting a fire hazard to consumers.

Recent Consumer Product Electronic Recalls

In addition to posing a potential risk of fire related damage to property, they may also present a risk of injury or smoke inhalation to consumers.

Read the individual descriptions for more information, including how to arrange for a refund.

Recalled: Sears Recalls Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Fire Hazard

Sears recently announced the recall of some 795,000 of its Kenmore Dehumidifiers, manufactured by LG Electronics, due to the potential for the units to overheat, smoke, melt, or catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Affected products include:

  • 35 pint (2004) 580.54351400
  • 50 pint (2003) 580.53509300
  • 70 pint (2003) 580.53701300
  • 70 pint (2004) 580.54701400
  • 70 pint (2005) 580.5471500

The affected products were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and additionally through Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220. 

Thus far, the firm has 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 arrange for a refund or store credit. Consumers can contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 between 8 -7p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 -2 p.m. CT Saturday, or you can visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com

Picture of recalled 35-pint dehumidifierPicture of recalled 50-pint or 70-pint dehumidifierPicture of recalled 70-pint dehumidifier

Recalled: GE Dishwashers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

GE recently announced the recall of nearly 1.3 million of its GE, GE Adora™, GE Eterna™, GE Profile™ and Hotpoint®, Dishwashers due to an electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element that can pose a potential fire hazard. Affected products include:

  • GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brand dishwashers
  • Black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel™ exterior colors and finishes
  • The model and serial numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub wall visible when the door is opened.
  • Model and serial numbers will start with one of the following sequences:
BrandModel Number Begins With:Serial Number Begins With:
GE
GE Adora
GE Eterna
GE Profile
GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61,
GSD62,GSD63, GSD66, GSD67,
GSD69, GLDL,PDW7, PDWF7,
EDW4, EDW5, EDW6,GHD4,
GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6
FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL,
AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM,
MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM,
AR, DR, FR, GR
HotpointHLD4

So far GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Affected products were sold at various appliance dealers, authorized builder distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 -August 2009 for between $350 and $850.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. Consumers should contact GE for information regarding an in home repair.  Contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 between 8- 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at www.geappliances.com/recall

Recalled dishwasher - Picture showing location of model and serial numbers

 

What to Do if You Have Been Affected by a Recalled Product

If you or a loved one has become injured or you have sustained property damage as a result of a recalled product, you may be entitled to compensation. Manufacturers are responsible for the damages that their defective products cause. Potential damages may include things such as medical bills, property damage, awards for pain and suffering. You should contact an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your potential legal claims.