By Jim Donovan: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a big recall involving more than 2 million dehumidifiers. The CPSC says that the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire. 165 incidents have been reported so far, including 46 fires that resulted in $2.15 million in property damage. Fortunately no injuries have been reported.
The recall involves dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. They were sold nationwide from January 2005 through August 2013 at retailers like HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club and Sears. They were also sold online too on Amazon.com and Ebay.com. They were priced between $110 and $400.
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. Capacities range from 20- to 70-pint.
Various model numbers are involved in this recall. To see a complete list visit: http://www.greeusa.com/
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree, the manufacturer, to receive a full refund. For more information, contact Gree at 866-853-2802.