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Gree Recalls More than 2 Million Dehumidifiers Due to Risk of Overheating

Gree Recalls More than 2 Million Dehumidifiers Due to Risk of Overheating

People who live in moist and hot areas often need to keep their homes at a stable humidity to prevent the spread of mold and other conditions. This is where a dehumidifier comes in. However, this year millions of dehumidifiers have been recalled due to overheating issues. In July, Sears reissued a recall for approximately 795,000 Kenmore dehumidifiers due to several fire and burn incidents. This month, one of the largest recalls of this year has just been issued for nearly 2.2 million dehumidifiers. The Chinese manufacturer Gree is recalling about 12 brands of the dehumidifiers due to reports of more than $2 million in property damage.

According to the CPSC, “the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.” To date, there have been 165 incident reports, including 46 fires and approximately $2.15 million in property damage, according to ABC News. Although there’s been a great amount of property damage reported, Gree has not received any reports of injuries.

The recall affects brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima, which come in various pint sizes. The dehumidifiers are plastic and come in the colors white, beige, gray or black. The front of the dehumidifiers has the brand name and the pint capacity. Additionally, a sticker with the dehumidifiers’ model number and date code can be found on the back, side or front of the product. The model numbers, capacity and date code range of the recalled dehumidifiers are listed on the CPSC’s website.

The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at “AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com,” according to the CPSC. The dehumidifiers were sold for between $110 and $400 from January 2005 through August 2013. Consumers who own recalled dehumidifiers are instructed to turn off and unplug them. Then, consumers can contact Gree at 866-853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday for information regarding a refund.

Sears Issues another Recall of About 795,000 Kenmore Dehumidifiers

Sears Issues another Recall of About 795,000 Kenmore Dehumidifiers

In early 2010, the electronics manufacturer LG announced a large recall of approximately 98,000 dehumidifiers because of fire and burn hazards for both consumers and households. The company had received 11 reports of property damage, showing that the recall was well warranted. Similarly, in 2012 Sears issued a recall of about 795,000 Kenmore Dehumidifiers for fire and burn hazards.

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Recall announced for 98,000 LG Portable Humidifiers

Recall announced for 98,000 LG Portable Humidifiers

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Company of China has begun a voluntary recall for its line of Portable Dehumidifiers. Both the USCPSC and LG Electronics are urging consumers to cease using the various models of recalled humidifiers and to contact the manufacturer or distributor immediately.

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