Is your dehumidifier a fire hazard? 1.5 MILLION devices made in China are recalled
- The recall affects 42 dehumidifier models sold under five brands between 2011 and 2014: Kenmore, GE, SoleusAir, Norpole and Seabreeze.
- They were stocked at Walmart, Home Depot and Sam’s Club, among others
- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the devices were responsible for at least 688 overheating incidents and 23 fires.
More than 1.5 million Chinese-made dehumidifiers have been recalled and customers told to unplug the units immediately after two dozen fires were reported.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall has been issued for 42 dehumidifier models sold under five brands: Kenmore, GE, SoleusAir, Norpole and Seabreeze.
These products, all manufactured by Zhuhai, China-based Gree Electric Appliances, were sold from January 2011 to February 2014 at major retailers across the country, including Walmart, Home Depot, and Sam’s Club, among others.
According to the CPSC, the now recalled dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire. Gree has received reports of at least 23 fires, 688 overheating incidents, and $168,000 in property damage caused by the recalled products.
Consumers are urged to unplug and stop using dehumidifiers immediately – and contact Gree for a refund.
Recalled: GE dehumidifiers (left): all model numbers and Soleusair dehumidifier model # GL-DEH-70EIP-6L3 (right)
Recalled Soleusair dehumidifiers: model no. SG-DEH-70E-2L3, GL-DEH-45F-2Q3, GL-DEH-70F-2L3 (left) and recalled Seabreeze dehumidifiers: model no. DH470SB (right)
The recalled dehumidifiers can be identified by brand name, model number, and capacity, all of which are listed on the CPSC notice.
The products are white, beige, gray or black plastic – sold in various sizes between $110 and $400.
Gree has been contacted for comment.
This isn’t the first time dehumidifiers made by Gree have been recalled over fire and burn hazards.
On Wednesday, the CPSC also warned consumers of an earlier, separate recall involving Gree dehumidifiers sold from January 2005 through January 2014 under a handful of brands: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore , Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
This recall was first announced in 2013, expanded in 2014 and recently re-announced in 2016.
To date, more than 2,000 overheating incidents and 450 fires have been reported, resulting in $19 million in property damage and four deaths “potentially associated with Gree dehumidifiers,” the CPSC said Wednesday, pointing to 2016 and 2022. deadly fires in Ohio, Iowa. and Mo.
Recalled Soleusair dehumidifier model SG-DEH-25-4 (left) and Kenmore dehumidifiers: all model numbers (right)
Recalled Norpole Dehumidifier: Model No. NPDH30PG-1
In 2021, Gree and its Hong Kong subsidiary agreed to pay $91 million for failing to notify US regulators that the devices could overheat and catch fire.
The companies reached an agreement to avoid criminal charges, the US attorney’s office said at the time – noting that they would also provide compensation to victims for damage caused by fires caused by the dehumidifiers.
In April of this year, Gree’s US subsidiary, Gree USA, was also ordered to pay a $500,000 criminal fine and restitution as part of this resolution.