More than 2 million dehumidifiers recalled nationwide after causing $17 million in fire damage

More than 2.4 million dehumidifiers sold nationwide under 20 brand names are being recalled after more than 100 reports that they overheated and caught fire, according to the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

“The recalled dehumidifiers may overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards,” the Commission wrote in its recall notice.

The dehumidifiers are made by New Widetech in China but sold under 20 different brands, including Honeywell HON,
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Danby and Whirlpool WHR,
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Approximately 2 million recalled dehumidifiers were sold in stores across the United States, including Lowe’s LOW,
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Costco COST,
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and Walmart WMT,
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from February 2009 to August 2017. Another 380,000 were sold in Canada and 25,000 in Mexico, the recall notice says.

The manufacturer is “aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in approximately $17 million in property damage,” it said, although no injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the 25-74 pint dehumidifiers and contact New Widetech at 877-251-1512 or online for a pro-rated refund, based on the age of the product. A list of recalled products with model numbers can be found here.