January 31, 2002
Whirlpool Has Recalled Dehumidifiers
Harbor, MI (SafetyAlerts)
- Whirlpool Corp
has recalled about
1.4 million dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, posing a fire
Whirlpool has received 13 reports of the dehumidifiers overheating and
causing fires, three of which resulted in extensive property damage. No
injuries have been reported.
The recalled dehumidifiers were sold under the Whirlpool, Kenmore and
ComfortAire brand names. The dehumidifiers are white plastic, about 2-feet
high and have a front-mounted water bucket. They have serial numbers that
begin with QG, QH, QJ, QK or QL. The serial number can be found on a label
located on the wall behind the water bucket.
Department and appliance stores nationwide sold the dehumidifiers from
February 1997 through December 2001 for between $130 and $260. Consumers
should stop using these dehumidifiers and unplug them immediately. Contact
Whirlpool to arrange for a free repair at (866) 640-7139 anytime or visit
the firm's web site at www.repair.whirlpool.com.
Dehumidifiers with water buckets located in back are not involved in the