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Royal Sovereign recalls portable air conditioners

A faulty drain motor in the air conditioners can ignite the plastic enclosure of the unit

Portable air conditioner
Photo source: CPSC
Royal Sovereign of Rockleigh, N.J., is recalling about 33,570 Royal Sovereign/Royal Centurian portable air conditioners.

A faulty drain motor in the air conditioners can ignite the plastic enclosure of the unit, posing fire and burn hazards and a risk of serious injury or death.

The firm is aware of 11 reports of the portable air conditioners catching fire or smoking during use, resulting in over $1 million in property damage, two injuries, and one death due to smoke inhalation.

This recall involves the following models of portable air conditioners:

  • PAC-3012
  • PAC-3012 RB
  • ARP-3012
  • ARP-3012 KIT
  • ARP-3012S
  • ARP-3014
  • ARP-3014 SC

The model number is printed on the name plate sticker on the back of the portable air conditioners.

The recalled portable air conditioners were sold online at Amazon.com and in Sears, COSTCO, Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Best Buy stores nationwide from March 2008, through August 2014, for about $290.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable air conditioners, unplug the unit, follow the instructions online at www.Recall-PAC3012.com for properly severing the electrical cord rendering the unit unusable, and contact Royal Sovereign for a pro-rated refund based on the age of the portable air conditioner.

Failure to unplug the unit could result in shock, electrocution, or death.

Consumers may contact Royal Sovereign toll-free at (833) 947-3699 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at https://www.royalsovereign.com. Consumers can click on “Recall Information” at the top of the company's webpage for more information.

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