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Check your LG TV, as it may have just been recalled for a safety risk
- LG Electronics has issued a recall for 52,000 TVs sold between March and September 2022.
- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recalled TVs present a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard.
- The problem appears to stem from the stands used for the TVs.
If you own an LG TV, you may want to check what model you have. A recall notice has been issued that affects up to 52,000 LG TVs that were sold between March and September 2022.
LG Electronics has recalled four models of its 86-inch TVs. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall notice says explains that the recall is due to the TVs presenting a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard.
The affected TVs carry the model numbers 86NANO75UQA, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA. You can also check the serial number which begins with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM, or 208RM.
According to Digital Trends, there have been 12 reported cases of tip-overs. Fortunately, none of the reported cases have resulted in injury or death.
It appears that there’s nothing defective about the TVs on their own, but rather the stands used to support them. The TVs, which weigh about 100 pounds, can put too much stress on the stands and cause damage.
However, LG doesn’t believe its TVs and stands are defective. In a statement provided to Digital Trends, LG says:
It has come to LG’s attention that the improper installation of the stand on certain LG 86-inch UHD TV models can create vulnerability in the integrity of the TV’s supporting stand. However, this vulnerability only occurs when the stand is not properly installed. When the stand is installed exactly as described in the product instructions, and all provided screws are used and properly tightened, this structural failure does not occur.
Since it’s the stands that are in question in this situation, anyone who has their TV mounted won’t need to any action. For those using stands, the CPSC recommends detaching the legs and placing the TV in a safe place away from children.
Included in its statement, LG says it’s offering support to owners:
As a primary corrective action, LG has offered consumers supplemental instructions (in both written and video formats) on how to conduct a thorough self-inspection to confirm the proper installation of the stand’s elements. Additional measures, such as technician visits and new screws or stand elements, have also been considered according to each situation.
While the recall covers the 52,000 affected models in the US, it doesn’t cover the 2,900 units sold in Mexico or the 1,800 units sold in Canada.