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Sears recalling dehumidifiers on new reports of fires

Updated: 2013-07-18T04:04:02Z

Sears recalling dehumidifiers

Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800,000 dehumidifiers because of new reports of fires and because so few customers have responded to the first recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire linked to the Kenmore dehumidifiers.

The recall involves 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with a Kenmore logo. They were manufactured by LG Electronics Appliance Co. between 2003 and 2005. Consumers can call 855-400-4641 or visit www.Kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com for more information.

Uh, oh, CheeseburgerOs

SpaghettiOs, the pasta in a can that’s been a favorite for 50 years, is rolling out in cheeseburger flavor. It’s just the third time that a new SpaghettiOs flavor has been added.

Previous flavor variations of the original canned pasta made by Campbell Soup Co. included PizzOs and CheesOs, which were on shelves in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, Campbell’s expanded beyond the conventional “O” shape and rolled out Where’s WaldOs. Current cans on store shelves also come with meatballs, sliced franks, even added calcium.

KFC test

KFC is tossing out the quaint image of founder Col. Harland Sanders as it gets ready to test a slightly more upmarket restaurant. The fried chicken chain says it’s opening a location called KFC Eleven early next month near its headquarters in Louisville, Ky., that will serve flatbread sandwiches, rice bowls, salads and only boneless pieces of its original recipe chicken.

Ford upgrading hybrids

Ford Motor Co. is offering free software upgrades to owners of its 2013 model-year hybrid vehicles intended to improve fuel economy after the models fell short of projected mileage levels. Ford is sending notices about the voluntary upgrades to owners of the C-Max, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids.

Comeback trail

Volkswagen AG plans to bring back the Phaeton luxury sedan to the U.S. as the carmaker looks to reignite flagging growth in one of the few markets it has been unable to crack. The Phaeton, the brand’s most expensive model, could be shown to U.S. consumers in January as VW prepares the car’s return after pulling it seven years ago because of weak sales.

Mortgage apps fall

Mortgage applications fell for a fifth straight week as borrowing costs held at a two-year high and led to another decrease in home refinancing. The Mortgage Bankers Association index declined 2.6 percent in the period ended Friday from the prior week, the trade group reported Wednesday.

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