Several 86-inch LG TV models are at risk of tipping over, which could cause harm to anyone nearby, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On Thursday, the commission released(Opens in a new window) a safety recall covering 52,000 86-inch LG TVs sold in the United States. The problem is the stand that comes with the TV. “The TV can become unstable while on the assembled stand, posing a serious tipping and entrapment hazard that could result in injury or death to children and others,” the CPSC said.
LG claims that users have nothing to worry about, that is, if they have installed the bracket correctly. This is also not a problem for TVs that have been mounted on a wall.
The recall involves four models of LG TVs: the 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD and 86NANO75UQA, all of which weigh approximately 100 pounds. Therefore, televisions could cause serious damage, especially to young children, if they were dropped.
The company sold the TVs between March and September 2022 through retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Costco. “LG Electronics has received 22 reports of TV cabinet instability, resulting in 12 reports of tip-overs,” the CPSC said, although no injuries have been reported so far.
To find out if your TV model has the problem, look for the serial numbers starting with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM or 208RM, located on the lower right side of the back of the TV, along with the model number . .
“Consumers can also check the serial number by pressing the mute button three times quickly on the original LG remote that came with their TV,” the CPSC added.
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LG did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company quietly issued a recall notice(Opens in a new window) on televisions earlier this week. The company says the TV is at risk of tipping over if the screws in the assembled stand aren’t fully tightened. “When TV mounts are properly installed or not subjected to excessive external force or loading, there are no demonstrable mount vulnerabilities,” LG says.
LG’s recall notice offers step-by-step instructions on how to properly install the TV mount. According to the CPSC, the company is also ready to help affected consumers by sending them a bracket and replacement screws to fix the problem. Owners can contact LG using this web form(Opens in a new window)by calling 800-243-0000 or texting “STAND” to 256-888-9977.
LG also sold 2,900 units of 86-inch TVs in Mexico and another 1,800 units in Canada.
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