China’s Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are announcing a big recall of 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the U.S. and 52,500 in Canada, ranging across 12 brands and encompassing 80 different models.
The devices have caused dozens of fires and millions of dollars worth of damage, the CPSC says.
According to a press release from Gree and the CSPC, the China-made devices can overheat, smoke and catch on fire. To date, there have been 165 reported incidents, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported so far.
The Gree recall involves certain 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premier, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, and SuperClima, manufacturerd between 2005 and 2012. Some Gree dehumidifiers are not subject to the recall because they are of a different design and are safe to use
Consumers are warned to stop using recalled products, unplug them and call Stericycle ExpertRECALL at 866-853-2802 between 8 am and 8 pm ET Monday through Friday and between 9 am and 3 pm ET Saturday, the company said.
The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker located either on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide and 9 and 11 inches deep.
To confirm if your model is on the recall list, visit http://www.greedehumidifierrecall.com/ProductEntry.aspx. The company confirmed that consumers would receive full refunds.
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