CHICAGO, IL – Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai has issued a recall of 1.56 million dehumidifiers, casting a shadow of concern over households across the nation. The reason behind this sweeping recall? An alarming fire and burn hazard that has left consumers shaken and worried.
The recall spans across 42 models of dehumidifiers, including well-known brands like Kenmore, GE, SoleusAir, Norpole, and Seabreeze. These units were manufactured between January 2011 and February 2014, a span of time that has seen them find their way into countless American homes. The list of recalled model numbers can be found on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
The threat at hand is the potential for these dehumidifiers to overheat, emit smoke, and even ignite into flames, presenting a grave fire and burn risk to unsuspecting consumers. The gravity of the situation is underlined by the fact that Gree has already received reports of 23 fires attributed to these dehumidifiers, with an additional 688 instances of overheating.
Property damage has soared to a staggering $168,000, solidifying the urgency of the recall.
For owners of these potentially dangerous appliances, the remedy comes in the form of a refund. Consumers are urged to cease using the dehumidifiers immediately, unplugging them to prevent further risk, and contacting Gree for a prompt refund. The hazardous products bear the unmistakable marks of various brands, with Norpole’s NPDH30PG-1, a 30-pint capacity dehumidifier, among the units affected.
The recall, issued on August 16, 2023, has sent shockwaves through the retail landscape, as these dehumidifiers were sold at major outlets including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Sam’s Club, Sears, and Walmart, spanning the years 2011 to 2014. Prices for these now-infamous units ranged between $110 and $400.
The recall’s ripples extend further as the distribution network encompasses GE Appliances of Louisville, KY; Gree USA Sales Ltd. of City of Industry, Calif.; IRP of Pineville, N.C.; MC Appliance Corp. of Wood Dale, Ill.; and MJC America Ltd. dba Soleus International Inc. of Walnut, Calif. The units were manufactured in China, marking a global concern.
With lives and property at risk, it is imperative that consumers heed this recall notice immediately. As the recall sends shockwaves throughout the nation, vigilance and safety are paramount. Make sure to check the model numbers and take the necessary steps to protect your loved ones and your home. This unprecedented recall serves as a stark reminder that safety and scrutiny must always be paramount, even when it comes to seemingly ordinary household appliances.
For more information on the recall, consumers can visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2023/Gree-Recalls-1-56-Million-Dehumidifiers-Due-to-Fire-and-Burn-Hazards-Reports-of-At-Least-23-Fires?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Please follow the guidance and instructions provided by the manufacturer and relevant safety authorities.