Over 20,000 LG and Kenmore Elite gas dryers have been recalled due to a defective gas valve. The dryers fail to shut off when the cycle is complete, posing a burn and fire hazard. The high temperatures on the interior and exterior surface of the dryer can lead to burns, fire and smoke inhalation. Sears and LG Electronics have received 141 complaints from consumers. 3 of the complaints reported burns to hands and arms and 50 complaints reported scorched clothing.
The dryers were sold nationwide at various department stores from November 2009 to August 2010. A complete list of the model numbers included in the recall is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Consumers who purchased LG dryers at stores other than Sears should contact LG Customer Service (866-223-5355) for a free gas valve replacement. For LG or Kenmore Elite dryers purchased from Sears, consumers should contact Sears Customer Service (888-375-9741) to schedule a free replacement valve service.