Recall: GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers
On 2011-01-11, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2007 for about $140 to $180.
About 200,000 units are involved in this CEM Global dehumidifier recall. Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers category in 2011.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 593-8721
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What is the problem?
A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
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:
|Brand||Model Number Begins With:||Serial Number Begins With:|
|GE||AHK30LK, AHW30LK, AHM30LK,|
AHK40LK, AHH40LK, and AHM40LK
|VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1,|
GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1, RM1
|CEM "Professional Series"||PS78303||from C10102336010841 4100001|
to C10102336010841 5103037
These items were sold new+ at Walmart, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009 for between $140 and $180.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
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.
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
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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