GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers Recalled for Fire Hazard

A large recall of about 198,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers have been recalled due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled dehumidifiers immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers were manufactured in China; were imported by GEA Products L.P., of Louisville, Kentucky, and CEM Global LLC (Professional Series) of China; and were manufactured by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd., of China.

A component in the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Midea and GE have received a total of 14 reports of incidents involving smoke and fumes emitting from the unit and eight reports of fires. In six of the reported fire incidents, property damage extended beyond the unit. No injuries have been reported, to date.

This recall involves 30- and 40-pint portable GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers, which were manufactured between November 2006 and August 2007, and during April 2008. The dehumidifiers are white with a front-loading water bucket. “GE” or “Professional Series” and digital controls are located on top of the dehumidifier. Model and serial numbers are located on the back of the dehumidifiers. Model and serial numbers included in the recall are:

GE:

• Model Number begins with: AHK30LK, AHW30LK, AHM30LK, AHK40LK, AHH40LK, and AHM40LK.

• Serial Number begins with VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1, GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1, or RM1

CEM “Professional Series”:

• Model Number begins with PS78303

• Serial Number begins with from C10102336010841 4100001 to C10102336010841 5103037

The recalled GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers were sold at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Menards, and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009 for between $140 and $180.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine if their product is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled dehumidifiers will return their product to an authorized service center for a free repair. Consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the place of purchase. Midea can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.593.8721 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.recallverification.com.

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