The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced a recall of two brands of LG Electronics dehumidifiers that have been known to short circuit and spark home fires. Such fires have already caused more than $1 million in damage.
The Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers, sold at Home Depot, Walmart and various Hardware stores throughout the nation, have been made with manufacturing defects that have caused people's homes to catch fire, the CPSC reports.
It's been said many times that products made years ago were made to last and were better quality. With constant recalls due to defective products in New York and throughout the country, it's easy to see why.
Companies are constantly cutting corners to maximize profits and push the newest and greatest product into the marketplace. It makes them more money if they get the product out first, even if it has problems later. It's a strange logic, but many times, making sure consumers see who has the ground-breaking product first can give them market dominance.
Product liability attorneys understand the risks. From defective Toyotas to dangerous children's products and electronic appliances that are deemed a fire hazard, companies are too often guilty of rushing products onto store shelves without proper regard for consumer safety.
The CPSC reports that 98,000 of the dehumidifiers have been recalled because the power connector for the compressor has been known to short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards.
This product was first recalled in December 2009 after 11 events, including four fires that did damage. Since then, the company got 16 new reports of smoke and fire associated with its product. While no injuries have been reported, the CPSC reported significant fire damage to these homes:
- $500,000 in Gibsonia, Pa.
- $200,000 in New Brighton, Minn.
- $192,000 in Valparaiso, Ind.
- $183,000 in Hudson, Mass.
- $139,000 in Salem, Ohio
- $129,000 in Brielle, N.J.
- $95,000 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Only two percent of the 98,000 consumers who bought these dehumidifiers have responded to the recall. Meaning either that the company is not doing a good enough job getting the word out, or consumers aren't taking the recall seriously.
With fall and winter coming, many people may soon be putting away their dehumidifiers until warmer and wetter weather returns next year. But it's also a time when space heaters, holiday lights and a host of other products may present hazards of their own in the home.
Some faulty products can pinch fingers or fall apart, causing amputation injuries. Choking hazards for children is a common recall cause. Electrical equipment that can cause fires is a major issue.