Following reports of 165 incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada just announced the recall of 12 brands of dehumidifiers.
The massive recall involves about 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the United States; another 52,500 were recalled in Canada. Damage included 46 fires and involved $2.15 million in property damage; no injuries have been reported, to date.
The dehumidifiers, which are manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, of China, can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, which poses fire and burn hazards to consumers. The agencies advise consumers to immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a full refund.
The recalled 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.
The recalled Gree dehumidifiers were manufactured in China and imported by a number of firms: Airwell of France; CNA of Wood Dale, Ill.; Danby of Ontario, Canada; De’Longhi of Italy; Frigidaire, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Gree USA Sales Ltd. of City of Industry, California; IRP of Pineville, North Carolina; MJC America Ltd. (doing business as Soleus International Inc. of Walnut, California); and Sunrise of Quebec, Canada.
The recalled dehumidifiers are 20-, 25-, 30-, 40-, 45-, 50-, 65-, and 70-pint dehumidifiers with the brand names of Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, or SuperClima.
The recalled model numbers and date codes can be accessed on the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers/.
Brand names and 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 made of white, beige, gray, or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches in height, 13 and 15 inches in width, and 9 and 11 inches in depth.