33,000 portable air conditioners recalled after one started a fire that killed a mother

A portable air conditioner shouldn’t be involved in burning down your house or endangering the lives of your family. That’s why Royal Sovereign recalled about 33,570 portable air conditioners.

The exact problem, as stated by the U.S. Consumer Product Commission recall alert: “A faulty drain motor in the air conditioners can ignite the plastic enclosure of the unit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and risk of serious injury or death.”

And, the alert says, Royal Sovereign knows this problem has happened at least 11 times, and the resulting fire or smoke has led to over $1 million in property damage. But, worse, on Aug. 24, 2016, a unit caught fire and “a woman died from smoke-related injuries and her two children were injured.”

This covers model Nos. PAC-3012, PAC-3012 RB, ARP-3012, ARP-3012 KIT, ARP-3012S, ARP-3014 and ARP-3014 SC, designations that can be found on a name plate sticker on the back of the units. They were sold at brick-and-mortar stores Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Home Depot and Sears and online at from March 2008 through August 2014.

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Royal Sovereign portable air conditioners U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

If you have a recalled Royal Sovereign/Royal Centurian unit...

Stop using the unit, unplug it, check the instructions from Royal Sovereign on severing the cord and contact the company for a pro-rated refund.

The cord-severing instructions that are supposed to be available online don’t appear to be at the website designated and the product registration link doesn’t appear to be active. So that means calling 833-947-3699, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time.

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This story was originally published December 30, 2021 7:03 AM.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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