After a massive 52-brand dehumidifier recall made news in November, a second major manufacturer of dehumidifiers wants to reiterate a warning to consumers that 2.5 million of its recalled models could still be in homes.
The units pose a risk of overheating, smoking and catching fire.
Don’t forget about this older recall
Gree first announced in late 2013 its recall of dehumidifiers made for popular brands like Frigidaire, Soleus Air, Kenmore and others. Then in early 2014, the recall was expanded.
Now, after 450 fires and $19 million in property damage, the company is reissuing its original recall via the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The move comes after last month’s recall of some 3.4 million dehumidifiers by competitor GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China’s.
More details about the Gree recall
The Gree recall includes 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
Click here for info about the exact model numbers of the 2.5 million units involved in the Gree recall re-announcement.
If you have one of these things in your home, unplug it and contact Gree toll-free at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for a full refund. You can also go online to GreeDehumidifierRecall.com for recall info.
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