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Recall Roundup: Millions of Dehumidifiers Pose ‘Serious Fire and Burn Hazards’

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dehumidifierBETHESDA, Md. (May 16, 2014) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission is expanding a recall for dehumidifiers, due to significantly high amounts of new reports of fires.

The included brand names are: Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire,GE,Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.  20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers are all included.  See below for additional information (There are other recalls worthy of mention included after the dehumidifiers as well).

Dehumidifiers (Parent Company: Gree) — The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.  About 2.5 million units are impacted in the United States and 55,000 in Canada (This recall was first announced in September 2013, updated in October 2013 and expanded in January 2014).  The number of reported incidents of overheating dehumidifiers has increased nearly 400 percent from 119 in the original recall to 471 reported incidents. The number of reported fires has increased more than 200 percent from 46 to 121 reported fires. Property damage reports have more than doubled from $2.15 million in the original recall to nearly $4.5 million.  They were sold at just about every major retailer both in-store, and online.  Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a refund.  Click here for more information on specific model numbers, and additional details on this recall.


H & M Girls’ Leggings — A metal part on the belt can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.  About 65,000 units are impacted.  The firm has received one report of a choking incident in the United Kingdom, but no reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in the U.S.  Consumers should stop using the belt and remove it from the leggings and contact H&M Customer Service for instructions on returning the belt for a $20 gift card.  Click here for more information on this recall.

power strip recall

Legrand Wiremold Under-cabinet power strips — The internal electrical connections of the power strips are substandard, posing risks of overheating and fire.  About 46,000 in the U.S. and about 169 in Canada (About 14,200 were previously recalled in September of 2012).  The firm received one report of an incident. No injuries were reported.  Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the power strips and return them to Legrand Wiremold for a full refund.  Click here for more information on this recall.

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