Federal safety regulators are hoping the 4th time’s the charm for 2.5 million recalled dehumidifiers that have been linked to 450 fires and nearly $20 million in property damage.
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Update: Dehumidifier Fires Prompt Warning in Oregon
October 6, 2018 – A post on Oregon’s Elk River Fire Department Facebook page is warning consumers about an ongoing dehumidifier recall, urging everyone to check units to see if theirs is being recalled. The post was prompted by at least 2 separate dehumidifier fires that recently occurred in homes around Elk River, officials said.
What’s the Problem?
November 30, 2016 – The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall for the 4th time on Tuesday, after manufacturer Gree was fined a record $15.45 million over fire damage associated with the dehumidifiers. Products affected by the recall include 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers sold under the following brand names: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir, and SuperClima.
CPSC issued the first recall for the dehumidifiers in Sept. 2013 after receiving multiple reports of the devices overheating and catching fire. A month later the agency updated the recall. In 2014, the action was expanded to include additional models. As part of the recall, consumers were urged to stop using affected dehumidifiers immediately and to contact Gree about a refund.
However, that process quickly frustrated customers, who complained that their refunds were significantly delayed, or that the amount they received didn’t cover the expense of buying a new dehumidifier – if they were able to find one. In some areas, customers were forced to pay significant recycling fees to discard the appliances.
In March 2016, CPSC fined Gree a record $15.45 million to settle charges that it failed to report fires and “knowingly made misrepresentations to CPSC staff,” in addition to placing UL safety marks on products that didn’t meet these requirements.
At the time the fine was announced, CPSC said that the dehumidifiers had caused about $4.5 million in property damage; that number has grown to nearly $19 million, according to Tuesday’s recall announcement.
Consumers who still own a recalled dehumidifier should discontinue use immediately and contact Gree for a full refund.
Do I Have a Dehumidifier Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in dehumidifier recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and property damage cases in all 50 states.
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