According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), manufacturer Gree has recalled approximately 2.5 million Frigidaire, SoleusAir, Kenmore and other dehumidifiers due to a fire hazard. The company is aware of more than 2,000 reported incidents of product overheating, with approximately 450 reported fires resulting in more than $19 million in property damage.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the products and contact Gree for a full refund.
Gree asks consumers to contact them for a refund
Gree Electric Appliances of China first announced this recall in September 2013 and extended it in January 2014, but the company is re-announcing the recall due to the increase in reported fires. Products can overheat without warning, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
The recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70 pint dehumidifiers with brands such as:
- Sea breeze
- Soleus Air
According to the company, the products are available in a variety of colors, including white, beige, gray and black, and measure between 19 and 24 inches in height, 13 and 15 inches in width and 9 and 11 inches in depth. . They were sold at multiple retailers including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart and others nationwide and in Canada, as well as online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com from January 2005 to August 2013. They cost between $100 and $400. CPSC has a complete list of all makes and model numbers here.
Consumers are advised to turn off and unplug the products immediately and contact Gree for a full refund at 866-853-2802 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. For more information, including instructions on how to determine if your dehumidifier is affected by the recall, see the manufacturer’s website.
Midea has recalled 3.4 million dehumidifiers
Gree dehumidifiers aren’t the only ones associated with fire hazards. Midea also recalled around 3.4 million dehumidifiers because they could overheat, smoke and catch fire. The company was aware of 38 smoke and fire reports at the time of the recall, resulting in property damage of approximately $4.8 million. No injuries were reported.
GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China manufactured the products, which were later sold at Lowe’s, Menards, PC Richard and other stores nationwide, as well as on Amazon.com, from January 2003 to December 2013 for between $100 and $300. Brand names included ComfortAire, Danby, Dayton, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Honeywell, Keystone, Midea, Ocean Breeze, Sunbeam, etc. See CPSC’s recall page for a complete list.
As with Gree products, consumers should turn off and unplug humidifiers, then contact Midea for a replacement or full refund at 800-600-3055 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www. midea.com/us.