What's the Problem?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , this recall affects LG Electronics 86-inch smart TV models with model numbers 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA.
"LG Electronics has received 22 reports of TV stand instability, resulting in 12 reports of tip-overs," CPSC said. "No injuries have been reported."
The serial number of the recalled LG TVs begins with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM, or 208RM, which is located at the bottom right of the back of the TV beside the model number. Consumers can also check the serial number by pressing the mute button 3 times rapidly on the original LG remote control provided with their TV.
Affected LG TVs were sold online and at Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, and other stores nationwide from March 2022 through September 2022 for between $1,100 and $1,900.
If you purchased an LG smart TV that is affected by this recall, you should immediately detach the TV's supporting stand legs and place the unit in a safe location away from children. Contact LG Electronics for instructions on how to inspect the unit and to obtain replacement screws and stand parts. Consumers who wall-mounted their TVs do not need to stop using their TVs.
This recall began on January 12, 2023.
LG Hit With $1.6 Million Verdict for Patent Infringement
LG Electronics Inc. in July 2021 was slapped with a $1.68 million verdict after a jury determined that the company “willfully infringed” on patents held by Constellation Designs LLC, which are used in NextGen TV. The patents in question relate to a major improvement in over-the-air digital broadcasting.
In 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required all high-power analog U.S. television stations to move to a digital-only transmission. However, it wasn't until 2015 that Constellation's technology improved on digital transmissions by allowing broadcasting companies to use the “NextGen TV” broadcast standard by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC 3.0), according to the lawsuit.
An electronics engineer recognized its significance in a 2016 article, stating “ATSC 3.0 will be the first major broadcasting standard, which completely uses (non-uniform constellations) due to their outstanding properties.”
The asserted patents are for the non-uniform constellation technology and Constellation Designs alleged LG Electronics made, imported, and sold televisions with receivers that use its technology.
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