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GE Brand Dehumidifiers now included in Gree Dehumidifier Recall Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report that Gree Electric Appliances has now expaned their dehumidifier recall to Include GE Brand Dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers are being recalled because they can overhead, smoke and catch fire posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Dehumidifiers
Hazard: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Consumer Contact: Gree toll-free at 866.853.2802 from 8:00am to 8:00pm ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm ET, or online at www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.
Units: About 350,000 in the United States and 2,700 in Canada (Gree previously recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers under 12 other brand names in September 2013)
Description: This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. Recalled model numbers are listed below. The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. The dehumidifiers are light gray plastic and measure between 19 and 23 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 16 reports of incidents with the recalled GE-brand dehumidifiers, including 11 reports of overheating with no property damage beyond the units, and 5 reports of fires beyond the units which were associated with about $430,000 reported in property damage. This is in addition to more than 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage reported with other brands of Gree-manufactured dehumidifiers in the previous recall. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a refund.
Sold at: Sam’s Club, Walmart and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from April 2008 through December 2011 for between $180.00 and $270.00.
Manufacturer: Gree Electric Appliances, of China
Importer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, KY.
Manufactured in: China
About the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800.638.2772 or teletypewriter at 301.595.7054 for the hearing impaired
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