China’s Gree Electric Appliances Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are announcing a big recall of 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the U.S., ranging across 12 brands and encompassing 80 different models. The devices have caused dozens of fires and millions of dollars in damage, the CPSC says. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a humid room than one that’s on fire.
According to a press release from Gree and the CSPC, the China-made devices can overheat, smoke and catch fire. 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, manufactured 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 — see the full list on the CPSC’s recall announcement or by following the instructions to look up your model here.
Consumers should stop using recalled products, unplug them and call Stericycle ExpertRECALL at 866-853-2802 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Saturday, the company said. Alternatively, consumers can visit http://www.greedehumidifierrecall.com/ProductEntry.aspx to see if their model is on the list.
Consumers will receive full refunds, the company said.