2.5-Million Gree Dehumidifiers Recalled for links to hundreds of House Fires
While it might not seem like it, we are only a few weeks from warmer, humid days and the need to turn on fans and dehumidifiers in our homes. However, before you plug in that dehumidifier, check to be sure it is safe. More than 2.5 million dehumidifiers were recalled for major safety and fire hazard issues over the last seven years. However, it is unknown how many are still being used in homes today.
The Consumer Protection Safety Commission issued recalls for Gree dehumidifiers beginning in 2013 and continuing through 2016. The units malfunctioned, overheated, and caught fire. An estimated 450 house fires and $19 million in property damage, as well as other related injuries, were linked to the recalled units.
The recalled Gree dehumidifiers were sold under a number of well-known brand names, including Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Danby, Premiere, De’Longhi, SuperClima, Fedders, Fellini, Norpole, Seabreeze, and SoleusAir. Units were widely available at most major department stores, home improvement stores, and online. So, you might have purchased one on Amazon or eBay or grabbed one off the shelf at Home Depot, HH Gregg, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart, AAFES, and many others.
For more information on the specific model numbers of the recalled dehumidifiers, click here.
Unfortunately, even with the recalls, many consumers have no idea how dangerous the defective dehumidifiers are to homes and businesses. It is common for them to be running continuously in their living rooms, bedrooms, storerooms, and especially basements. In 2019, dehumidifier house and business fires were reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut, Nebraska, and other states.
House fires are devasting for homeowners as they grapple with the physical damages to their homes and destruction of both replaceable valuables and irreplaceable family heirlooms. Families also may have to heal from physical and emotional injuries caused by the blaze.
If you or a family member were injured due to a fire caused by a recalled Gree Dehumidifier or had a fire in your home because of one of the malfunctioning, defective units, contact us. Our team at Meyers & Flowers can review your options for legal recourse. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 877-221-2511 for more information.