Royal Sovereign Recalls Portable Air Conditioners Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; One Death Reported

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Royal Sovereign International Inc., of Rockleigh, New Jersey are announcing the recall of about 33,570 portable air conditioners. The defective drain motors in the air conditioners could ignite the plastic housing of the unit, creating a risk of fire and death for consumers.

Royal Sovereign 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. On August 24, 2016, a woman died from smoke-related injuries and her two children were injured after their Royal Sovereign air conditioner caught fire.

This recall involves the following models of portable air conditioners:

Model Numbers


PAC-3012 RB


ARP-3012 KIT



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 and in Sears, COSTCO, Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Best Buy stores nationwide from March 2008 through August 2014 for about $290.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable air conditioners, unplug the unit, follow the instructions online at 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 can lead to shock, electrocution or death. Royal Sovereign, the importer of the recalled portable AC conditioners, was made in China.

Contact Royal Sovereign toll-free at 833-947-3699 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at or and click on “Recall Information” at the top of the page for more information.

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