A potential tip-over hazard identified in four LG Electronic’s 86-inch LCD TV models has led the company to issue a voluntary recall of approximately 57,000 models sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to an alert posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recall, which was posted Thursday, was decided after receiving 22 reports of TV stand instability, and 12 tip-over incidents, according to a report on Digital Trends.

The CPSC posting said the recall involves four LG Electronics 86-inch smart TV models with model numbers 86UQ8000AUB, 86UQ7070ZUD, 86UQ7590PUD, and 86NANO75UQA. The serial number begins with 202RM, 203RM, 204RM, 205RM, 206RM, 207RM or 208RM. Customers can check the serial number by pressing the mute button three times rapidly or on the label on the back of the TV.

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If you have one of the identified models, you are asked to contact the company at the following: “Text “STAND” to 256-888-9977 or call at 800-243-0000 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday, email at [email protected] or online at www.lgecares.com/tvstand or online at www.lg.com and click on “Public Notices and Recalls” on the bottom of the page for more information,” the CPSC said.

According to the CPSC, “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,” wrote the CPSC. “Consumers using the TV’s supporting stand legs should immediately detach it and place the television 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, including help from a technician for a free repair. Consumers who wall-mounted their TVs do not need to stop using their TVs.”

LG issued a statement to Digital Trends saying it believes the issue might be the result of improper installation of the stand, and it is not believed to be a defect in the television or its design. It cautioned all owners of the affected models that all three screws must be used to install the stand feet to the display.

For now, the recall covers 52,000 units sold in the US, 1,800 in Canada, and 2,900 in Mexico, but it you live in another country and own one of the affected TVs you should check your installation immediately.

Further information is available at the cpsc.gov.

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By Greg Tarr

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