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Defective Dehumidifier Recalled After Starting Fires

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There really is nothing more terrifying than being awoken in the middle of the night to the sound of a fire alarm. For nine families, this was the frightening reality when their dehumidifiers caught fire after the defective power connectors short-circuited. Thankfully, no one was killed, but that may only be a matter of time.

The company that made each of the defective dehumidifiers, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co, has reannounced a recall that first started in December 2009. However, only 2 percent of owners have responded, which leaves many families in danger from this defective product.

As a
Virginia (VA) product recall attorney, I understand how important this recall is. I would urge anyone who has a dehumidifier to check the brand name at once. Since the manufacture can be held responsible for death or injury stemming from defective products, companies and regulators must act promptly to protect consumers by issuing a recall. 

There isn't news as to when the LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance first realized that its dehumidifiers were defective, but products such as these -- 
portable fans and heaters -- add to fire risk and need to be manufactured, maintained and operated in the safest ways possible.

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