The Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 2 million dehumidifiers made by New Widetech are being recalled in the United States because they can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
The recall also affects approximately 380,000 dehumidifiers in Canada and approximately 25,000 in Mexico.
New Widetech 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 dehumidifiers were sold at Lowe’s, Costco, Walmart, Menards, and other retailers in the United States from February 2009 through August 2017 for between $120 and $430.
Affected dehumidifiers are 25, 30, 35, 45, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 74 pint dehumidifiers with brands 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 Whyner.
The brand name, model number and pint capacity are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier.
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.