by Shalimar S. Wallis on 12/13/2013
Gree Electronic Appliances, Inc., a Chinese company, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 12 brands of dehumidifiers in September of this year. In October, they expanded the recall to include four more models. The total recall now applies to over 2.2 million devices sold in the United States alone. Over 50,000 units were also sold in Canada.
The dehumidifiers are overheating, smoking, and then catching fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that 325 incidents have been reported resulting in 71 fires. Almost $3 million in property damage has occurred as a result.
The recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65, and 70-pint dehumidifiers with the brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, and SuperClima. The models affected were sold between January 2005 and August 2013.
You can read more about the recall on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. If you own a Gree Electronic Appliance, Inc. dehumidifier that is part of the recall, you can call (866) 853-2802, report an incident through the Gree website, or report an incident at http://www.saferproducts.gov. Gree will be issuing refunds.
Last year Gree issued several recalls for various models of dehumidifiers because of overheating, burn, and fire risks.
Be mindful of potential fire hazards in your home, especially during the holiday season when decorating with lights. Defective products that result in fire can cause serious damage to your home or worse, loss of life. Call Watts Guerra LLP if you find yourself in this vulnerable situation. We can help you handle the claims surrounding damage caused by a defective product.blog comments powered by Disqus