The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for more than 2 million dehumidifiers sold in the United States after they were found to have a defect that is causing house fires.
The recall affects about 80 models with brand names including: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premier, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and Superclima, the CPSC said in a statement.
The dehumidifiers were sold from January 2005 through August 2013 at HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada. They were also available online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.
To date there have been reports of 165 incidents, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported yet, but the CPSC is asking consumers to immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers to avoid any damage.
To find out if a dehumidifier that you own was affected by the recall, visit the CPSC website, which lists the specific model numbers and date codes that were affected in this recall. Model number and date codes are printed on a sticker that can usually be found on the back, front, or side of the unit.
Customers affected by the recall can request a refund by contacting Gree at (866-853-2802) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Saturdays, or visiting their web site. If you were injured or your property was significantly damaged, contact a Lopez McHugh attorney for a free, confidential consultation.