May 15, 2014 — Gree Electric Appliances has re-issued a recall for about 2.5 million dehumidifiers after receiving 471 incidents involving overheating, including 121 fires and $4.5 million in property damage.
The recalled dehumidifiers were sold under twelve brand-names, including GE, Kenmore, Frigidaire, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Gree, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) originally recalled the products in September 2013, updated the recall one month later, and expanded the recall in January 2014.
According to the most recent announcement from the CPSC, the number of incidents has continued to grow despite the recalls:
“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 recalled products were sold at major retailers, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Sears between January 2005 and August 2013 for $110-$400.
Gree and the CPSC recommend that consumers check the model number and date code located on the back of the dehumidifier. If you own a recalled product, stop using it and unplug it immediately. You can contact Gree for a refund.
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