With 107 reports of fire and burn incidents, including $7 million in property damage, Sears is recalling Kenmore Dehumidifiers.
These dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt, and even catch fire. The recall includes 35- 50- and 75- pint dehumidifiers made by Kenmore and manufactured between 2003 and 2005.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission release, “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 some models include remote controls. They come with front-loading water buckets.”
These dehumidifiers were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide, as well as Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009.
Consumers should stop using the dehumidifiers immediately and contact the firm to “receive a Sears gift card for either $75, $80, $90 or $100, which may be used at any Sears or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com. The gift card amount will depend on the capacity and year of the dehumidifier. In lieu of a gift card, consumers may request a check for the refund amount. 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.”