On Your Side Consumer Alert: About Two Million Dehumidifiers Recalled over Fire Risk
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says about two million dehumidifiers made by New Widetech and sold under many brand names are being recalled because they can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowe’s, Costco, Walmart and other retailers from February 2009 through August 2017 for between $120 and $430.
The dehumidifiers impacted are 25-, 30-, 35-, 45-, 50-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 74-pint dehumidifiers with the brand names including AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby/Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De’Longhi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK/AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool and Whynter.
Consumers should stop using the dehumidifiers immediately and contact New Widetech for a refund. The amount of the refund will be pro-rated based on the age of the dehumidifier.
Consumers can contact New Widetech toll-free at 877-251-1512 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.
New Widetech is aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in about $17 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The recall also includes about 380,000 dehumidifiers in Canada and about 25,000 in Mexico.
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