More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled as a result of reports of fires and property damage totaling $2.15 million. These household appliances have been linked to 46 fires, though thankfully no reports of injuries have been received. The recall affects 12 brands of dehumidifiers prone to overheating, smoking, and even catching fires.
The recall involves the 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65, and 70-pint dehumidifiers from the following brand names:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), all of the recalled dehumidifiers were manufactured in China by Gree Electric Appliances, and sold from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400 at
- Home Depot
- HH Greg
- Menards/Fleet Farm
- Sam’s Club
Now that is a who’s who of American retailers. It makes sense: there are two million of these things.
Consumers are being advised to immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree for a full refund.
Certainly, the need to get the water and mildew out of the air is greater now in many parts of the country where humid air is still in full bloom. So what will people do without their recalled machine? The real answer? Nothing. Because few people are going to hear about it. I hope they don’t come home one day to find their home ablaze or, worse, while then are in it.
- Another dehumidifier recall in 2012
- Another in 2010