The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Administration issued a recall Wednesday for Midea made dehumidifiers that can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards. The recall involves about 3.4 million (in addition 850,000 were sold in Canada) units sold over a 10 year period. Dehumidifiers should be unplugged immediately.
This recall involves 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers with the following brand names: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.
The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. To determine if your dehumidifier has been recalled, enter the model number at https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier
The dehumidifiers were sold at a number of retail locations including Lowes, Menards, PC Richard and other stores nationwide from January 2003 through December 2013 for between $100 and $300.
So far the chinese company Mides has received 38 reports of smoke and fire. About $4.8 million property damage has been reported. With no injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact GD Midea for either a replacement unit or a partial refund. Consumers whose dehumidifiers were manufactured before October 1, 2008 will receive a partial refund, not a replacement. The manufacturing dates can be found on back of units.