Serious Fire and Burn Hazards, Property Damage Lead to Recall of Dehumidifiers
The dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards
Midea is recalling approximately 3.4 million dehumidifiers, together with an additional 850,000 sold in Canada, due to the risk that they will overheat and catch fire. This poses a serious fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Affected products include 25-, 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 75-pint dehumidifiers with the following brand names: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore (Canada), Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.
The brand, model number, pint capacity, and date of manufacture are printed on the nameplate sticker located on the back of the dehumidifier. The recalled products were sold at Lowes, Menards, PC Richard, and other stores across the country from January 2003 until December 2013 for between $100 and $300.
To find out if their dehumidifier is included in the recall, consumers should enter the model number at this website.
To date, the company has received 39 reports of smoke and fire, and roughly $4.8 million in property damage has also been reported. There have been no injury reports.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the devices and contact the company for either a replacement unit or a partial refund. Those whose products were manufactured before October 1, 2008 will receive a partial refund rather than a replacement.
Consumers with questions can contact Midea at (800) 600-3055.