Dehumidifier recall gets bigger, check your model
You may remember a big dehumidifier recall back in September of last year. The recall affected 2.2 million appliances. Now, Gree Electric Appliances is recalling an additional 350,000 dehumidifiers for the same reason: they can overheat, smoke and catch fire.
In addition to the recall in the United States, another 2,700 are being recalled in Canada.
This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier.
The dehumidifiers are light gray plastic and measure between 19 and 23 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.
1/08 through 12/10
(for January 2008 through December 2010)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says if you have any of the dehumidifiers affected by the recall, you should stop using it, unplug it,
and contact Gree for a refund.
The firm has received 16 reports of incidents with the recalled GE-brand dehumidifiers, including 11 reports of overheating with no property damage beyond the units, and 5 reports of fires beyond the units which were associated with about $430,000 reported in property damage. This is in addition to more than 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage reported with other brands of Gree-manufactured dehumidifiers in the previous recall. No injuries have been reported.
You can call Gree toll-free at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET, or online at www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.
The dehumidifiers were sold at Sam's Club, Walmart and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from April 2008 through December 2011 for between $180 and $270.