Thursday September 12th, 2013 - 11:00AM
Gree, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a dehumidifier recall. The recall impacts 12 brands of dehumidifiers.
The dehumidifiers are said to overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers, according to the safety commission. The CPSC further noted that the associated firms have received reports of 165 incidents, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported. Consumers are instructed to immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and to contact Gree to receive a full refund.
The recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. China-based Gree Electric Appliances is the parent company of Gree USA and Soleus Air International.
A full list of the recalled dehumidifiers by brand, model numbers and date codes can be found on both www.greeusa.com and www.soleusair.com, along with the full recall notice, related pictures on the CPSC site and remedy claim, contact and other information, as well as a recall page on both websites at www.greedehumidifierrecall.com.
The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.
The dehumidifiers were sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400. Manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China, the dehumidifier recall involves 2.2 million units in the United States and 52,500 in Canada, according to CPSC.