Watching TV is one of life’s simple pleasures. We all have shows we never want to miss or favorite movies we want to watch on demand. Whatever your viewing preference, watching TV is a time to relax and unwind, not a time to worry about safety risks. However, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that 52,000 LG Electronics TVs have been recalled for “serious danger.” Read on to find out which TVs are affected and what to do if you have one in your living room.
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According to CPSC’s Jan. 12 notice, LG Electronics will recall four models of LG 86-inch smart TVs and stands. Between March and September 2022, approximately 52,000 TVs were sold in-store and online at Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, other retailers and Amazon.com. Additionally, 1,800 TVs were sold in Canada and 2,900 in Mexico.
Affected models include 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA, with recalled serial numbers beginning with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM, or 208RM. The serial number is located on the bottom right corner of the back of your TV according to CPSC. Alternatively, press the mute button on the LG remote that came with your TV three times to see the serial number.
Using the assembled stand raises safety concerns as the TV may become unstable and pose a “serious tipping or pinching hazard resulting in injury or death to children or others”. said the CPSC notice. According to LG Electronics’ product recall page, this happens when the screws that attach the stand to the TV aren’t tightened properly.
“This vulnerability can be exacerbated where the TV stand is subjected to external forces or loads, creating a tipping hazard and risk of injury from impact,” reads the page. The vulnerability of the stand is not apparent if it is not exposed to excessive external forces or loads.”
As of Jan. 12, LG Electronics had received 22 reports of unstable TV stands, including 12 cases of TVs falling over. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
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These LG TVs are big, weighing about 100 pounds, 43.5 inches high and 76 inches wide (86 inches diagonally). If your model is found to be part of a recall, the CPSC will ask you to follow certain procedures. If your TV is attached to a stand leg, remove it immediately and keep it out of reach of children.
Then text “STAND” to 256-888-9977 or call 800-243-0000 to contact LG Electronics directly between 8am and 9pm ET Monday through Sunday need to do it.You can also contact us online by email [email protected] Or visit www.lgecares.com/tvstand.
LG Electronics will provide instructions for inspecting the unit, help obtain the necessary replacement screws and stand parts, and coordinate with technicians to perform free repairs. The recall page also includes setup instructions, tutorial videos, and self-inspection guides.
If your TV is wall-mounted, the CPSC says you don’t have to stop using it. However, LG Electronics recommends reviewing the instructions for properly attaching the TV stand for future use.
Also on January 12, the CPSC issued a recall notice for 61,000 Bissell cordless multi-surface wet dry vacuums due to fire hazards. The vacuum will be available in Walmart stores nationwide and online through Bissell, Walmart, QVC, Amazon, Costco, Fingerhut, Ace Hardware, Kohl’s and Wayfair between January 2019 and November 2022.
According to the CPSC, circuit boards in vacuum cleaner battery packs can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard. Bissell had received 66 reports of burning odors and smoke from vacuum cleaners, and five reports of battery packs catching fire. Three consumers reported property damage and one reported burns.
If you have a recalled model, CPSC says you should stop using it and visit a Bissell Authorized Service Center or contact the company directly to schedule a time for a free repair.