2.5 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled After Hundreds of Fires and Millions in Property Damage
The products may overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards
Gree has re-announced a recall of approximately 2.5 million dehumidifiers—together with an additional 55,000 sold in Canada—because they pose serious fire and burn hazards.
The dehumidifiers may overheat, smoke, and catch fire, increasing the risk of consumers being burned and property being damaged.
This re-announcement comes after the recall was originally issued in September 2013, updated in October of that year, and then expanded in January 2014. Gree was penalized $15.45 million for failing to report the defective items within 24 hours.
The affected products include 20-, 25-, 30-, 40-, 45-, 50-, 65-, and 70-pint dehumidifiers under the brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, and SuperClima. The brand and pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier, while both the model number and date code are printed on a sticker located either on the back, front, or side of the device. The units are made of white, beige, gray, or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches in height, 13 and 15 inches in width, and 9 and 11 inches in depth.
The units were sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, and other stores across the U.S. and in Canada, as well as online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400.
For a full list of the recalled model numbers and date codes, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release.
Consumers are urged to immediately unplug and stop using the affected dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a full refund.
For more information, consumers can reach Gree at (866) 853-2802.