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Recalled Dehumidifiers Prone to Catch Fire, Blamed for $2M Property Damage

Sep 13, 2013

A recall has been issued for more than 2.2 million dehumidifiers sold in North America after they caught fire and caused more than $2 million in property damage.

The recall—issued by Gree Electric Appliances, a Chinese company, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Canadian regulators—involves dehumidifiers sold under numerous brand names that were prone to overheating, producing smoke and catching fire.

Regulators say that the defective dehumidifiers have already caused about $2 million in property damage after catching fire. A total of 165 incidents are on record with regulators; in 46 of those incidents, the recalled dehumidifier caught fire. No one was injured in any of these incidents.

The recall notice includes the brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. The recalled dehumidifiers were sold in a range of sizes, from 20 to 70 pints, and between 19 and 24 inches tall.

Regulators say that the brand name and size are printed on the front of the recalled dehumidifier, while the pertinent model number and other identifying information are on a sticker located on the rear.

Recalled dehumidifiers were sold in numerous colors: white, beige, gray, and black. All are made of plastic, the CPSC recall notes.

Regulators warn that consumers who own a recalled dehumidifier should unplug it immediately. They should also contact Gree for a full refund; the recalled appliances sold for between $110 and $400.

The recalled units were sold from January 2005 until August 2013 at retailers nationwide, including Army and Air Force exchanges, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, and Sears. They were sold online, too.

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