Sears, Roebuck and Company and Kmart Corporation of Hoffman Estates, IL have reissued their recall of nearly 800,000 Kenmore brand dehumidifiers manufactured by LG Electronics in China.
According to the companies, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Since the initial recall in August 2012, Sears reports that it has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers. The reports include one incident involving a severe burn to a consumer, and three separate incidents involving fires that resulted in more than $300,000 in property damage.
The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide, and online at Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220.