WASHINGTON – Approximately 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled in the United States due to their potential to overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the dehumidifiers were made by New Widetech. The company is aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in property damage of approximately $17 million. No injuries were reported.
The recalled dehumidifiers, which remove excess moisture from the air, were sold at retailers such as Lowe’s, Costco, Walmart and Menards in the United States from February 2009 to August 2017. They were priced between $120 and $430.
Another 380,000 products in Canada and about 25,000 in Mexico are also being recalled.
The recall involves 25, 30, 35, 45, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 74 pint dehumidifiers branded as AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De’Longhi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool and Pourquoi pas.
A photo provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission shows the recalled AeonAir (L) dehumidifier and ArcticAire (R) dehumidifier manufactured by New Widetech. (Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The brand name, model number and pint capacity are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. Click here for a full list of recalled products on the CPSC website.
Consumers should immediately stop using the dehumidifiers and contact New Widetech for a refund. The refund amount will be pro-rated based on the age of the dehumidifier, officials said.
Affected individuals may call New Widetech at 877-251-1512 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.recallrtr.com/nwtdehumidifier or http://www.newwidetech.com/en/ and click “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.
This story was reported from Cincinnati.