Sears issued another recall for 795,000 Kenmore brand dehumidifiers because of the units’ tendency to smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. These defective dehumidifiers have caused numerous incidents of fires and consumer injuries, with more than $7 million in property damages alone.
Check your dehumidifier
The white, plastic dehumidifiers bear a Kenmore logo on the front-top of the unit and are between 21 and 24 inches tall and about 15 inches wide. They were manufactured in China and sold at Sears and Kmart stores in the United States and at Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009 for between $140 and $220. Consumers can check model numbers located on the right side of each unit against a list on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
Lawsuits hold manufacturers accountable
Manufacturers have a duty to conduct safety testing of their products, to instruct consumers about safe operation of their products and to warn consumers about any known hazards. Our legal system is designed to allow a single consumer to hold even the largest manufacturer accountable if it fails to perform its duties. A successful products liability lawsuit serves to compensate an injured victim for preventable injuries, while also notifying the public of a hazardous product.
Household products are not the only type of potentially dangerous products on the market. We’ve all heard stories of dangerous drugs, defective vehicles and other kinds of products liability lawsuits concerning manufacturers who have been held liable for harming consumers.
For example, Tate Law Group, LLC helped an injured consumer hold Fleet Holdings Company liable for injuries received after drinking Fleet phospho-soda prior to a medical procedure.