The reminder : Approximately 2 million dehumidifiers in the United States, in addition to 380,000 in Canada and 25,000 in Mexico. The recall involves 25, 30, 35, 45, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 74 pint dehumidifiers with brands such as AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby/Home Hardware), Commercial Cool, Danby , Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, DeLonghi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK/AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, Perfect Aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool and Whynter. The brand name, model number and pint capacity are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier.
The risk: The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing a fire and burn hazard.
Incidents/injuries: New Widetech, the manufacturer, is aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in approximately $17 million in property damage. No injuries were reported.
Where and when sold: The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowe’s, Costco, Walmart, Menards and other retailers nationwide from February 2009 to August 2017 for $120 to $430.
The cure: Consumers should stop using the dehumidifier and contact New Widetech for a refund. The refund amount will be pro-rated based on the age of the dehumidifier.
Contact information: Call New Widetech at 877-251-1512 or visit the website at www.recallrtr.com/nwtdehumidifier for more information.
Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.