According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the affected models "can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. To determine whether your dehumidifier is being recalled, please follow the instructions, below."
The recall was prompted by several incident reports of shorting and fires associated with the dehumidifiers. One incident in particular reportedly resulted in damages of $300.000, the U.S. CPSC reported.
The model numbers for the recalled units are:
35-pint (2004) - 580.54351400
50-pint (2003) - 580.53509300
70-pint (2003) - 580.53701300
70-pint (2004) - 580.54701400
70-pint (2005) - 580.54701500
In addition, Sears Kenmore has set up a webpage where consumers can check if their dehumidifier is being recalled.
Consumers with recalled dehumidifiers are asked to immediately stop using and unplug the devices.