Drivers are often urged by safety advocates to avoid ignoring auto recalls associated with issues that could lead to crashes and injuries. But whenever similar issues are associated with consumer products, many consumers tend to ignore the calls for concern.
Nevertheless, our team of attorneys is concerned about reports coming from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, meaning that we decided to take a look at the facts and report them to you, highlighting the risks and helping you to understand why you shouldn’t ignore this recall.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, products responsible for $4.5 million worth in property damage have been recalled, and the company is announcing the campaign again to make sure that consumers are not injured or their properties are damaged.
The report shows that over 2.5 million dehumidifiers have been impacted nationwide. According to the report, dehumidifiers can overheat, resulting in smoke and fires. So far, 450 fires have been associated with the dehumidifiers, resulting in about $19 million in property damage. Recalled units include the 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
Between January 2005 and August 2013, the products were sold at Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart, AAFES, and HH Gregg. The items were sold also in Canada, where they are also being recalled.
Consumers should stop making use of the dehumidifiers promptly. Have them unplugged and reach out to the manufacturer, Gree, for more information on how you should proceed to have the issue addressed and the product returned for a full refund.
Since this particular product has been responsible for millions of dollars worth in property damage, we hope our readers and clients are aware of the potential ramifications increase they fail to have these products returned. Hopefully, with the help of the Internet, a greater number of consumers will be alerted and the devices will be returned promptly.
If you are still not sure whether your dehumidifier was impacted, click here for a list of models and items that should not be used.