What: Gree Dehumidifiers (See full list of recalled units below)
Who: Gree Electric Appliances, of China.
Why: The dehumidifiers were recalled after reports found they can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, which can lead to serious injury or death.
When: The recall was issued and posted on the CPSC website on August 16, 2023.
Where: The recall affects Gree dehumidifiers sold in the United States and Canada.
How customers can identify the recalled product: Using the model number, capacity, and date code range located on a sticker on the back, front, or side of the unit, customers can identify if their dehumidifier is part of the recall.
On August 16th, 2023, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to customers to stop all use of the recalled Gree dehumidifiers due to the fire hazards and multiple deaths linked to the units. Gree Electric Appliances of China, the company responsible for the dehumidifiers, has been issuing recalls for their defective products since September 2013. Shortly thereafter, the original recall was updated in October 2013, expanded in January 2014, then re-announced in May 2014, and re-announced again in November 2016.
Recently, the CPSC evaluated the recalled units and found that when in use, the dehumidifiers are prone to overheating, smoking, and catching fire, which can lead to severe injury or death. Over the years, there have been four reports of death linked to the Gree dehumidifiers, all of which involve adults who died from house fires where a dehumidifier was present. The first death occurred in 2016 in Ohio, the next in 2022 in Iowa, and the final two deaths occurred in 2022 in Missouri.
Overall, there have been more than 2,000 reported incidents involving the Gree dehumidifiers overheating, where roughly 450 fires have been reported and have resulted in over $19 million in property damage. These dehumidifiers are separate from the 1.56 million Gree dehumidifiers recalled on August 16th, 2023, and you can read more about that specific recall here. However, all customers are strongly urged to take advantage of all recalls if they own one of the recalled Gree dehumidifiers.
Which Models Are Affected by the Recall?
As stated in the November 2016 recall, the affected units include the 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers. Customers can identify if they own one of the recalled dehumidifiers by checking their units' model number and date codes. The model number and date code can be printed on a sticker on the back, front, or side of the unit. Other identifiers include the brand name and the pint capacity printed on the front of the dehumidifier.
The dehumidifiers involved in the recall come in the colors white, beige, gray, or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep. Below, we have provided you with a list of the brands where the dehumidifiers have been sold.
For a full, comprehensive list of the affected Gree dehumidifiers, please head to the CPSC website site here. The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at retailers like AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, Sears, and Walmart nationwide and in Canada. Units were also sold online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com from January 2005 through January 2014 for between $110 and $400. If you believe you are in possession of one of the recalled dehumidifiers, for your safety, the CPSC urges consumers to immediately turn off and unplug the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Gree for more information.
Contact a Morgan & Morgan Attorney Today
If you find you currently own one of the recalled Gree dehumidifiers, you are eligible for a full refund. In order to claim your refund, customers must contact Gree at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at greedehumidifierrecall.com and click on recall to register and receive a refund. If you believe you own one of the recalled Gree dehumidifiers or have suffered injuries or damages concerning the recalled dehumidifiers, we may be able to help you.
To learn more about the recall or information regarding how a Morgan and Morgan attorney can help your injury case, contact our law firm by completing our free, no-obligation case evaluation form today.