Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation recalled 795,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers because the units can overheat, smoke, melt and catch fire, posing a fire and burn hazard. Sears has received 107 reports of incidents, including three smoke inhalation injuries and more than $7 million in property damage.
More than 15 million appliance units have been recalled in the past five years for defects that could cause a fire, according to our recent investigative report Appliance fires: Is your home safe?
The recalled dehumidifiers were sold for $140 to $220 at Sears and Kmart from 2003 to 2009. Made of white plastic, the dehumidifiers are between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 13.5 inches in depth. This recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit, manufactured between 2003 and 2005. They have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels, and come with front-loading water buckets. Some models include remote controls.
The model number is on the right side of the interior of the unit once the bucket has been removed. Recalled units have the following model numbers:
- 35-pint (2004) - 580.54351400
- 50-pint (2003) - 580.53509300
- 70-pint (2003) - 580.53701300
- 70-pint (2004) - 580.54701400
- 70-pint (2005) - 580.54701500
If you own one of these recalled dehumidifiers, turn off and unplug the unit and call Sears for a gift card of $75, $80, $90 or $100, which can be used at Sears or Kmart. The gift card amount depends 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 can be used at Sears toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.
For more information, call the Recall Fulfillment Center at 855-400-4641 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, or Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or visit Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com. And make sure your home's fire-prevention equipment, including smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, is properly placed and in working order.