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Sears recalls more dehumidifiers because of safety risk

Sears is once again recalling certain models of dehumidifiers after receiving reports of units short circuiting and starting fires. As many residents here in California may remember, the company issued a similar recall last year after receiving more than 100 reports of problems with the defective product.

This most recent recall will include 35-, 50- and 70-pint Kenmore dehumidifiers, which were manufactured by LG Electronics Appliance between 2003 and 2005. According to recent reports, the units have been shorting out, which could pose not only a fire risk but could lead to serious injury or even death from electrocution. In one case, a person has already been reported to have received severe burns to the foot. It's not clear at this time if anyone else has been seriously injured.

This most recent recall may be particularly alarming to some because it covers some 800,000 dehumifiers that were sold across the United States.  If the defect is relatively common, that could mean hundreds of thousands of people at risk of injury or even death as a result of this defect.

No one should have to suffer from an injury caused by a defective product; but as readers of our blog know, these types of situations happen all the time.  It's important to remember however that manufacturers are liable for their products and any harm they may cause consumers.  Recalls such as these, though alarming, are a good way to avoid harm but may also alert people to instances where they may want to seek compensation if they are ever injured because of a defective household product.

Source: Fox Business, "Sears Repeats Its Recall of DeHumidifiers," Matthew Rocco, July 17, 2013

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