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From Products Liability Law Daily, April 18, 2014

GE-brand added to Gree dehumidifier recall

By Joe Bichl

GE-brand dehumidifiers, which were made by Gree Electric Appliances, were added in January 2014 to Gree’s recall of more than 2 million dehumidifiers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “On Safety” blog. Gree has also added more Soleus Air models to the recall and expanded the date codes to include more products.

Background. On September 12, 2013, Gree Electric Appliances, of China, recalled 12 brands of dehumidifiers totaling 2.2 million units in the United States and some 52,500 units in Canada after receiving 165 incident reports involving the products, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 13-183, September 12, 2013). No injuries were reported. Gree indicated that the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

According to CPSC’s April 16 blog post, Gree Electric and CPSC are now aware of the following reports associated with all 13 brands of recalled dehumidifiers:

  • 471 overheating or smoking incidents

  • 121 fires

  • $4.483 million in property damage.

The number of reported overheating incidents increased from 119 to 471 and the number of reported fires increased from 46 to 121 since the recall was first announced in September.

Remedy. Gree has advised consumers to turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers immediately and contact Gree to receive a full refund.

Importers: The importers involved in the recall now include Airwell of France; CNA of Wood Dale, Illinois; Danby of Ontario, Canada; De’Longhi of Italy; Frigidaire, of Charlotte, North Carolina.; GE Appliances, of Louisville, Kentucky; Gree USA Sales Ltd. of City of Industry, California; IRP of Pineville, North Carolina; MJC America Ltd. dba Soleus International Inc. of Walnut, California; and Sunrise of Quebec, Canada.

Companies: GE Appliances; Gree Electric Appliances; Airwell; CNA; Danby; De’Longhi; Frigidaire; Gree USA Sales Ltd.; IRP of Pineville; MJC America Ltd. dba Soleus International Inc.; and Sunrise.

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