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Recall of the Week: 12 brands of Gree dehumidifiers due to serious fire and burn hazards

Gree is recalling about 2.2 million dehumidifiers in the United States and 52,500 in Canada

Dehumidifier Photo2DanbyDDR3011LARGEThe dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The firms have received reports of 165 incidents, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 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. Click here to see the recalled model numbers and date codes.

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. 

Manufactured in China, the dehumidifiers were sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com. The dehumidifiers were sold from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400.

Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a full refund, the company and commission advise.

For more information, call Gree at 866-853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET, or visit www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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