NORMAL – A recently issued consumer safety recall involving more than 2 million dehumidifiers under numerous brand names is causing serious concerns that they will start fires in homes across the country.
This latest recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and affects numerous brand names and sizes manufactured by New Widetech. New Widetech is aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in about $17 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
“We cannot emphasize this enough: If you have a dehumidifier running in your home, you should immediately check to see if it has been recalled, or unplug it until you can verify one way or another. If it is recalled, stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer,” says Public Information Officer, Matt Swaney.
Both recalls are due to a defect that causes the affected units to overheat, begin smoking, and eventually catch fire. This latest recall is in addition to the largest recall involving 6.7 million units manufactured by the brands Gree and Midea, companies that build and ship dehumidifiers to different retailers under numerous brand names. Between the two manufacturers on that recall, there have been more than 2,000 reported incidents of dehumidifiers overheating. About 450 fires have been reported, resulting in more than $19 million in property damage.
Swaney adds, “These recalled units have been responsible for house fires locally, and we know there are likely thousands of them still being used in people’s homes and we urge everyone to take this threat very seriously.”
If you’re not sure if your dehumidifier is recalled, there are many resources to help you check.
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
The CPSC compiles product recalls. Search "dehumidifier recall" to get additional resources.
NEW WIDETECH RECALL
New Widetech has recalled 2 million dehumidifiers under these brand names. If you see your brand on the list, go to https://www.recallrtr.com/nwtdehumidifier/ for more detailed information:
- ArcticAire (Danby)
- Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores)
- Commercial Cool
- Danby Designer
- Danby Premiere
- Generations (Danby)
- Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek)
- perfect aire
Gree has recalled 2.5 million dehumidifiers under these brand names. If you see your brand on the list, go to http://greedehumidifierrecall.com/ProductEntry.aspx for more detailed information:
Midea has recalled 3.4 million dehumidifiers sold under these brand names. If you see your brand on the list, go to https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier for more detailed information:
- Arctic King
- Comfort Star
- Continental Electric
- Danby & Designer
- Forest Air
- Ideal Air
- Kenmore (Canada)
- Ocean Breeze
- Perfect Aire
- Perfect Home
- Polar Wind
- Professional Series
- Royal Sovereign
- Touch Point
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