Washington - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a second recall of three portable dehumidifier models that were first cited as fire hazards last December.
The units, produced in China and imported by LG under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands, pose fire and burn hazards to consumers due to the potential for a short circuit in the compressor's power connector.
The USCP said the second recall was prompted by reports of four additional fires, for a total of 15, and a low consumer-response rate. No injuries were reported, although five of the fires led to extensive property damage.
About 98,000 dehumidifiers were sold nationwide at The Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150.
Consumers are urged to disconnect the product and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair. The recalled models are the Goldstar GHD30Y7 and DH305Y7 and the Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C.