September 12, 2013 — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a dehumidifier recall involving 12 brands and over 2.2 million machines due to serious fire and burn risks. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt, and catch on fire. The CPSC is aware of 165 incidents, 46 fires, and over $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
All of the dehumidifiers were manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances and sold under a variety of brand-names. The dehumidifiers were sold from January 2005 until August 2013 at major retailers, including Home Depot, Kmart, Sears, Amazon.com, and Lowe’s.
Brands involved in dehumidifier recall:
Other Recent Dehumidifier Recalls
There have been several major dehumidifier recalls in recent years. In July 2013, Sears re-announced a recall of nearly 800,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers because they can overheat and catch on fire. Incidents resulted in over $300,000 in property damage.
In September 2011, the CPSC recalled nearly 100,000 Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Portable Dehumidifiers after receiving 11 reports of property damage.
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