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Dehumidifier Recall - Gree, Frigidaire, GE, and Others Recalled


Since September 12, 2013, Gree and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced two Gree dehumidifier recalls. The dehumidifier recalls were issued due to concerns about the dehumidifiers overheating and potentially catching on fire. In all, more than 2.4 million units were part of the recalls, leading to concerns about defective dehumidifiers. Attorneys are now investigating possible lawsuits against the company alleging property damage on behalf of consumers whose homes were damaged by an overheated dehumidifier and possible lawsuits alleging lack of notification about the recall.

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Dehumidifier Recall

dehumidifierrecall The first Gree dehumidifier recall was issued on September 12, 2013, and involved recalling more than 2.2 million Gree dehumidifiers (recall number 13-283). According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the dehumidifiers were at risk of overheating and potentially catching fire, posing a hazard to consumers. At the time of the recall, CPSC noted it had learned of 325 reports of incidents involving the dehumidifiers, including 71 fires resulting in more than $2 million in property damage.

The first recall involved a variety of dehumidifiers with brand names including Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.

On January 30, 2014, the recall was expanded to include GE Brand Dehumidifiers (recall number 14-095). The CPSC noted it had information about 16 reports of incidents involving the GE-brand dehumidifiers. Eleven reports included overheating, but no property damage, and five reports included fires, associated with $430,000 in property damage.

Between the two recalls, more than 2.4 million units were recalled in the US. The dehumidifiers were sold between January 2005 and August 2013.

Dehumidifier Lawsuit


There are concerns Gree had been warned about the risk of the dehumidifier overheating and catching fire, but failed to warn consumers about the risk. According to court documents, Soleus International, one of the companies that sold "SoleusAir Powered By Gree" dehumidifiers, filed a lawsuit against Gree in June 2013, alleging Gree retaliated against Soleus when Soleus reported defects in the dehumidifier to US regulators. According to the lawsuit, Gree denied there were problems with the dehumidifiers and pressured Soleus to hide customer complaints about the devices.

The lawsuit alleges customers complained about the fire risk as early as July 2012, but that Gree pressured Soleus to "cover-up the mounting customer complaints of overheating and/or fire" or at least delay reporting the complaints to the CPSC.



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DEHUMIDIFIER RECALL LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Company Execs Indicted for Failing to Report Flammable Dehumidifiers
Company Execs Indicted for Failing to Report Flammable Dehumidifiers
April 11, 2019
Industry, CA: Simon Chu and Charley Loh, part-owners and former executives of Chinese appliance manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances and a company that imported, distributed, and sold China-manufactured dehumidifiers to retailers, allegedly knew the dehumidifiers caught fire but failed to report and recall (too expensive) the defects for at least six months. According to the indictment, the two men “deliberately” withheld information about the defective dehumidifiers READ MORE

Fire Department Sees Two Dehumidifier Fires in Sheboygan
Fire Department Sees Two Dehumidifier Fires in Sheboygan
December 8, 2016
Sheboygan, WI Battalion Chief Gary Kolberg from the Sheyboygan Fire Department in Sheboygan, Wisconsin says the dehumidifier in the house his firefighters were called to was so incinerated he couldn’t even tell what the serial number was on the unit READ MORE

Millions of Dehumidifiers Recalled Following Reports of Fire And Property Damage
Millions of Dehumidifiers Recalled Following Reports of Fire And Property Damage
November 30, 2016
Santa Clara, CA: Gree Electric Appliances of China and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have re-issued a massive recall of allegedly defective dehumidifiers following reports of 450 Fires and $19 million in property damage. According to the CPSC’s website, the brand names included in the recall are Frigidaire, Soleus Air, Kenmore, among others READ MORE
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Posted by
Alice Y. Rondeau
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It's a long story.... I will provide you the details, if you

require more.... thank you

Posted by
dave thomas
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DEFECTIVE UNIT NO FIRE

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richardnickell
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i have a soleus air energy star dehumidifier a turned it off how do i get a refund please answer

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