Nearly 200,000 dehumidifiers sold under the GE and Professional Series brand names at Walmart, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menards and other stores nationwide have been recalled after 22 incidents including eight fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
A part of the dehumidifier's compressor can short, creating a fire hazard, CPSC said. So far there have been no injuries reported, but in six of the eight fires, consumers reported property damage. In the other incidents, the units spewed smoke and fumes. About 198,000 dehumidifiers were sold nationwide between February 2007 and June 2009 for between $140 and $180.The recall involves 30-pint and 40-pint portable dehumidifiers made between November 2006 and August 2007, and also during April 2008. The units are white with a front-loading water bucket. The brand name GE or Professional Series and digital controls are on the unit's top.
The dehumidifiers were made by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China and imported by GEA Products LP of Louisville, Ky., and CEM Global LLC of China.
For the GE units, the recalled model numbers begin with AHK30LK, AHW30LK AHM30LK, AHK40LK, AHH40LK and AHM40LK. Those units also have serial numbers that begin with VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1, GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1 or RM1.
CEM's recalled Professional Series brand units have a model number that begins with PS78303 and serial numbers from C10102336010841 4100001 to C10102336010841 5103037.
Consumers who have a recalled dehumidifier should stop using it and call Midea to confirm they have a recalled unit. Consumers then can take the dehumidifiers to a service center for a free repair. Call Midea at (877) 593-8721 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This recall brings the number of recalled dehumidifiers to almost 300,000 in little over a year -- with short circuits being the culprits in all the recalls. In December 2009, certain Goldstar and Comfort-Aire units were recalled and that recall prompted a CPSC alert in August after four more fires. Those units were sold at Home Depot and Walmart stores in 2007 and 2008.
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