The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with GEA Products L.P., of Louisville, Ky., and CEM Global LLC (Professional Series) of China, announced a voluntary recall of about 198,000 GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers today.
Manufacturer: GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd., of China
Hazard: A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Midea and GE have received a total of 14 reports of incidents involving smoke and fumes emitting from the unit and eight reports of fires. In six of the reported fire incidents, property damage extended beyond the unit. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves 30-pint and 40-pint portable dehumidifiers manufactured between November 2006 and August 2007, and during April 2008. The dehumidifiers are white with a front-loading water bucket. "GE" or "Professional Series" and digital controls are located on top of the dehumidifier. Model and serial numbers are located on the back of the dehumidifiers. Model and serial numbers included in the recall are:
Sold at: Walmart, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009 for between $140 and $180.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine if their product is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled dehumidifiers will return their product to an authorized service center for a free repair. Consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the place of purchase.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Midea toll-free at (877) 593-8721 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.recallverification.com.