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Government recalls dehumidifiers again after more fires

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of dehumidifiers are being recalled for a second time after being blamed for more house fires.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says LG Electronics
Tianjin Appliance Co. is again announcing a recall of Goldstar and
Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers because they can pose a fire and burn
hazard. The CPSC says they are believed to be responsible for more
than $1 million in property damage.
About 98,000 dehumidifiers are being recalled. The power
connector for the machine's compressor can short-circuit.
The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following
four significant fires. Since then, the company has received 16
additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated
with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No
injuries have been reported.
Consumers can call 877-220-0479 for more information.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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