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Massive Recall: Fire Risk Prompts Recall of Over 1.5 Million Dehumidifiers

Gree Electric Appliances Proactively Recalls 1.5 than Million Dehumidifiers Amid Fire Hazard Concerns
Responding to heightened apprehensions surrounding fire-related risks, Gree Electric Appliances has taken swift action by initiating a recall encompassing a significant volume of 1.5 million dehumidifiers.

 

This precautionary measure is driven by potential dangers linked to overheating, smoke, and fire, culminating in a severe threat of substantial injuries and even potential loss of life. Alarming data disclosed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals 23 well-documented fire incidents, accompanied by an astonishing count of 688 instances of overheating. The cumulative effect of these events has led to considerable property damage, tallying approximately $168,000.
Extensive Recall Affects 42 Dehumidifier Models Manufactured from January 2011 to February 2014
The most recent product recall pertains to a diverse collection of 42 dehumidifier models that were manufactured between January 2011 and February 2014. These dehumidifiers are marketed under a range of brand names, including Kenmore, GE, SoleusAir, Norpole, and Seabreeze.

 

During the period from 2011 to 2014, these products were distributed nationwide, being made available at reputable retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart, and similar establishments. The price range for these dehumidifiers was approximately $110 to $400.

For precise insights into the model numbers and sizes that are affected, it is advisable to refer to the official announcement issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The brand name and capacity size of these dehumidifiers are typically imprinted on the front, back, or sides of the units. To identify the model number and date code, simply locate the sticker affixed to one side of the device.

In the event that you possess one of the units impacted by the recall, it is strongly advised to disconnect it without delay. To take appropriate action, you can either contact Gree online or get in touch with their recall hotline at 866-853-2802 to enlist in their recall waiting list. Expect to receive communication within a span of six to eight weeks, detailing the process for registering your recall after23 fires

A String of Safety Concerns:
Recalls on Gree Dehumidifiers Initiated Since September 2013
Starting in September 2013, a series of recalls have been launched for dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree, due to critical safety concerns surrounding their potential to overheat and ignite fires.

During this period, there have been over 2,000 documented cases of these dehumidifiers overheating, leading to approximately 450 fires and resulting in over $19 million worth of property damage. Furthermore, reports have emerged indicating that these recalled dehumidifiers may have caused residential fires, tragically resulting in the loss of four adults, with three of these fatalities occurring in 2022.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly urges all consumers to thoroughly examine their dehumidifiers and promptly respond to the recalls if they possess any of the affected products. Notable brands that have been previously recalled include Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, and SuperClima.

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