About 2.5 million units are being recalled in the US, with a further 55,000 in Canada. Initially announced in September 2013, the recall was updated in October 2013 and expanded in January 2014.
The dehumidifier recalls were issued due to concerns about the units overheating and potentially catching fire. 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.
This latest recall involves 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. A complete list of model numbers and contact information is available at the CPSC website.
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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.