More than 2 million dehumidifiers sold under some of the biggest brand names are being recalled after at least 165 reports of problems including overheating as well as 46 fires that caused more than $2 million in damage, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.
The recall involves dehumidifiers made in China by the manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances. They were sold under the following brand names: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. The units came in a variety of colors and the following sizes: 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70 pints.
The dehumidifiers were sold for $110-$400 between 2005 and last month, the CPSC said. The following retailers were among those who sold them: Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club and Sears. They were also sold online on Amazon.com.
Those who have the dehumidifiers are urged to stop using them immediately, unplug them and contact Gree to arrange for a refund.
To reach Gree, call (866) 853-2802 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
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