May 15, 2014 — Gree has issued a fourth recall announcement for 2.5 million dehumidifiers because they can overheat, smoke, and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifier and contact Gree to receive a refund.
The dehumidifiers were sold under a variety of brand-names, including GE, Kenmore, Frigidaire, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Gree, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
The recall was first announced in September 2013, updated in October 2013, and expanded in January 2014. Consumers can identify the recalled dehumidifiers by locating the model number and date code located on the back of the product. A list of recalled dehumidifiers has been provided by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
The CPSC is concerned because the number of fires continues to rise dramatically despite multiple recall announcements:
“The number of reported incidents of overheating dehumidifiers has increased nearly 400% from 119 in the original recall (September 2013) to 471 reported incidents. The number of reported fires has increased more than 200% from 46 to 121 reported fires. Property damage reports have more than doubled from $2.15 million in the original recall to nearly $4.5 million.”
The dehumidifiers were manufactured in China and sold in major retailers like Lowe’s, Sears, Walmart, and Home Depot from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400.
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