LG’s engineers may want to take additional precautions when designing their smart TVs. According to an update from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, LG has issued a recall for some of its 86-inch Smart TV models, which seemingly feature stands that could result in the displays falling over and resulting in injuries or death to children and others. About 52,000 units are affected, with 1,800 sold in Canada and about 2,900 sold in Mexico.
From a US Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alert:
The TV can become unstable while on the assembled stand, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to children and others.
This recall involves four LG Electronics 86-inch smart TV models with model numbers 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA. The TVs (not including the stands) are 86-inches diagonally, 43.5-inches high, 76-inches wide, and 2.4-inches deep. They weigh approximately 100 pounds. The serial number of the recalled product begins with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM, or 208RM and is located at the bottom right 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 rapidly, on the original LG remote control provided with their TV.
LG Electronics has received 22 reports of TV stand instability, resulting in 12 reports of tip-overs. No injuries have been reported.
The LG 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA are LED TVs. LG appears to provide much better stands for its OLED TVs, and while the cheaper A2 uses a similar, leg-style stand as the recalled models, that series only goes up to 65 inches. The company also sells an OLED TV called the Objet Collection Posé with a unique stand that makes it look like an easel.