Gree Electronic Appliances Recalls 2 Million Dehumidifiers
Written by James P. Nevin
Over 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled by Gree Electronic Appliances after dozens of reports of fire and more than $2 million in property damage.
According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's press release, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
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. 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 humidifiers 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.
For more details about the affected dehumidifiers, including model numbers, consumers should visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers/
The dehumidifiers have been linked to 325 incidents, 71 fires, and $2,725,000 million in property damage.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug any of the dehumidifiers listed in the recall and contact Gree online at http://www.greedehumidifierrecall.com/ProductEntry.aspx or call 866-853-2802 for a full refund.