LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are re-announcing the recall of the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers after the product caused another significant home fire. The first recall was in December of 2009 following eleven incidents with the product.
The re-announcement of the recall was prompted after the results of the cause of a fire in a Valparaiso, Indiana home were released. A Fire Marshal reported that there was a short-circuit within the compressor of the dehumidifier which sparked the fire. Luckily the family got out of the house safely, however the fire caused $192,000 worth of property damage.
According to the CPSC, fires caused by these dehumidifiers have resulted in over $1 million dollars in property damages.
The company is recalling approximately 98,000 of these dehumidifiers. The power connector for the dehumidifier ‘s compressor can short circuit and cause a fire or pose a burn hazard.
LG Electronics and the CPSC are urging consumers to contact them for a free repair of the dehumidifier because of the serious risk the defect poses to the consumer and their property.
Brand Model # Serial # Range Place of Sale
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600 Home Depot
Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000 Walmart
Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TA000001 through 001697
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599 Various Retailers:
Do it Best,
and Orgill Inc…
Defective products are known to cause physical injury, illness, or death due to a defect in the product or improper labeling. It can take years before anyone discovers that a product is defective or dangerous. Most times defects are discovered after numerous people have already suffered debilitating injury or illness.
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Richard J. Serpe, PC understand that when you have been seriously injured life becomes complicated. We are dedicated to helping victims who have been injured by a defective or dangerous product.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have released an updated remediation guide for homeowners with defective Chinese drywall. The new guide lists the following to be replaced:
- all problem drywall
- smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- electrical distribution components, including receptacles
- switches and circuit breakers
- but not necessarily wiring or fusible-type fire sprinkler heads
The two agencies believe that this guide will allow homeowners to remediate their homes at lower costs than previous guidelines.
A 60 year old Yorktown man was injured when his work truck overturned last Friday.
He was found unconscious and with a head injury behind the Warwick Village Shopping Center in Newport News. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The construction accident is currently being investigated by OSHA, however the preliminary investigation revealed that the supports on the boom truck were not in place when the bucket was extended.
Another collision has occurred on 2nd Street and Brambleton Avenue between a car and a light rail train in Downtown Norfolk. This will be the second accident involving a Tide light rail train in less than a week, with just 2 days before its grand opening.
According to WVEC, Haywood Waller was driving a 1992 Ford van on 2nd St, attempting to make a right onto Brambleton Avenue when he collided with a moving light rail train. Mr. Waller was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, no one else was hurt.
He has been issued a summons for disregarding a traffic direction signal.
HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet told WVEC, “People need to look at the signs and obey them,” said Shucet. “I don’t think the train collided with the van. I think the van collided with the train, but our investigation will have to be done to verify this.”
Last week, the Norfolk light rail train was involved in a hit and run at the same intersection. A blue Toyota Camry clipped the light rail train, knocking off the left front quarter panel, and drove off. This was the first car and light rail accident to occur before the opening of the Tide.
- Non fire related CO poisoning accounts for approximately 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths annually.
- 68,316 CO exposures were reported reported to poisoning centers between 2000 and 2009
inhale carbon monoxide right along with gases that you can smell and not even know that CO is present. CO is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other material containing carbon such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, or wood. Forges, blast furnaces and coke ovens produce CO, but one of the most common sources of exposure in the workplace is the internal combustion engine.”
- chest pain
- loss of consciousness
We have limited our exposure to lead for a good reason: lead is a toxic substance that can adversely affect brain development in children, damage the nervous system or kidneys, or even result in death.
- In large doses, this toxin can cause permanent physiological damage, but even in small doses, the effects can last a lifetime.
- Brain and nerve function in young victims can severely alter a child’s ability to learn and perform.
- Teachers reported that students with elevated tooth lead concentrations were more inattentive, hyperactive, disorganized, and less able to follow directions.
- Additional follow-up of some of those children showed higher rates of failure to graduate from high school, reading disabilities, and greater absenteeism in the final year of high school.
- Elevated bone lead concentrations are associated with increased attention dysfunction, aggression, and delinquency.
If your children have suffered from lead poisoning, and you feel that your needs and concerns are not being taken seriously, contact the Law Offices of Richard Serpe for a free legal consultation today.
According to WVEC.com, two people were killed and two others were injured in a car accident on the Eastern Shore around 10:00PM last night.
The vehicle, a Buick Century, was traveling on Route 178 when it ran off of the road, hit a tree stump, and overturned.
The driver, Cecilio Purdena Alaniz, and the front seat passenger, Shirley Mae Tate, were both killed. Both Alaniz and Tate lived in Craddockville.
The two back seat passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Va. State Police have said everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, however alcohol may have contributed to the crash.
Wavy.com reports that around 10AM yesterday morning, Chesapeake police responded to a fatal industrial accident at the Cahoon Plantation Golf Course in Chesapeake.
Michael Costa of Camden, North Carolina, the maintenance superintendent for the golf course, was identified as the victim in the accident.
According to The Virginian Pilot, Detective Ronnie Young determined that Mr. Costa was crushed by a lawn sprayer and died of mechanical asphyxiation.
The accident is still under investigation by the Police and OSHA.
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