Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Millions of Dehumidifiers Recalled After Dozens of Fires
WSIL -- More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled after dozens of reports of fires. The 12 models were all made by Gree Electric and sold under numerous brand names.
Forty-six fires have been reported from these products, none in southern Illinois, but a house fire in Williamson County last week was sparked by a dehumidifier recalled two years ago.
"Yeah it was very unexpected," said Crab Orchard homeowner Tony Furlow. "We had it for three or four years with no problems."
Last week, his dehumidifier short circuited in his basement. Leaving behind charred boxes and smoke damage.
"You could see a chord coming out of a plug into a big melted pile with some metal in it," said Williamson County Fire Chief Jeremy Norris. "That indicated that was the origin of the fire. It was a piece of equipment he thought was fine. He had no idea it had been recalled almost two years ago."
Norris says it's not uncommon for homeowners to overlook electrical appliances that could be dangerous.
"Just be vigilant," explained Norris. "These products can't run forever."
A little precaution can go a long way.
"On any of your products that you might have in your home that are electric like that," said Norris. "Make sure you fill out the registration cards because that is the only way the manufacturers have to get ahold of you."
Furlow's home sustained significant smoke damage but no one was hurt. He says it's an unfortunate incident, but one he's learned from.
"It changes everything," said Furlow. "Since then we have bought a little window air conditioner and I researched it online to make sure that there was no recall. Any electrical product that I buy from now on I will look up."
Gree Recalls 12 Brands of Dehumidifiers Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards
On September 12, 2013, Gree, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, announced a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China and were sold from January 2005 through August 2013. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
This recall involves select 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Recalled model numbers and date codes can be located below. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and register their information below or contact Gree to receive a full refund.
Any questions can be answered at 1-866-853-2802.
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