Monday, September 26, 2011

Recalled Dehumidifiers

Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics

More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers. The firm is re-announcing the recall of about 98,000 of the dangerous dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.

The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. Since that time, the company has received sixteen additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No injuries have been reported. Fires are reported to have caused more than $1 million in property damage including:

Because of the severity of the risks, CPSC and LG Electronics are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall. Only two percent of the 98,000 consumers who purchased these units have received a free repair, which means that consumers and their property remain at serious risk.

Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair.

The recall involves the 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control, and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model and serial numbers are located on the interior of the dehumidifier, and can be seen when the water bucket is removed.

Brand Model No. Serial Number Range Sold at
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, including Ace Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.

The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., and other retailers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150. They were manufactured in China.

For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm’s website at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

See Something Say Something

Nassau In State Of Heightened Awareness

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter held a news conference today to discuss the state of heightened awareness here in Nassau County. As a direct result of the terror threat, the NCPD has stepped up its uniformed and plain clothes patrols, especially at our train stations and shopping malls.

“Our police department is a leader in the Secure Cities Program which coordinates all law enforcement in the Metro area,” said County Executive Mangano. “As the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on our nation approaches, all should know that the Nassau County Police Department has been preparing to secure our County for many weeks.”

Residents can do their part by participating in the See Something, Say Something Campaign. For example: you know your neighbors, you know the vehicles that belong on your block and in your area, if you see something suspicious, say something! If you notice any individuals who appear suspicious, such as being overdressed for the weather or hiding something under their clothes, say something! If you see unattended packages or notice strange odors, say something! If you see someone suspicious drawing diagrams or maps, using binoculars, night vision devices or taking photographs and videos in unusual places, say something!

“I cannot stress this enough,” said County Executive Mangano. “Help us, help you. If you see something, say something by calling 911.”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

School Bus Safety

It’s back to school time and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter would like to issue some school bus safety tips for students and motorists.

Some facts about school bus safety are as follows:

· The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus.
· Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
 The loading and unloading area is called the "Danger Zone".
· The "Danger Zone" is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver's blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).
 More than half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old in 1999.

Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
· Hurry to get on and off the bus
· Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
· Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street
· Don't always stay within the bus driver's sight
· Studies have shown that many drivers illegally pass stopped school buses that are loading/unloading students.

Students riding a school bus should always:
· Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
· Stand at least 5 giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
· Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says its okay before stepping onto the bus.
· Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
· Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
· Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead.
· Be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
· Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right-left before crossing.
· Tell the bus driver if you drop something beside the bus. Should you try to pick it up, the bus driver may not see you and drive into you.

During the school bus ride:
· Always sit fully in the seat and face forward
· DO NOT distract the driver
· Never stand on a moving bus
· Obey the driver
· Speak in a low voice
· NEVER stick anything out the window -- arms, legs, head, book bags, etc.

Motorists Should:
· Be aware it is illegal in every state to pass a school bus stopped to load/unload students.
Know and understand laws governing motorist's driving behavior near a school bus.
Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists if they are going to stop to load/unload students.
Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.
Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has
stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists MUST stop their cars.

· Begin moving only when the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins to move.

· Watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.

· Slow Down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.

· Be Alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.