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"Recall Alerts"

01-30-2014

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Gree Expands Dehumidifier Recall to Include GE Brand Dehumidifiers Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards


(1) GREE EXPANDS DEHUMIDIFIER RECALL TO INCLUDE GE BRAND DEHUMIDIFIERS DUE TO SERIOUS FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Dehumidifiers

Hazard: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: Gree toll-free at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET, or online atwww.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.

Units: About 350,000 in the United States and 2,700 in Canada (Gree previously recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers under 12 other brand names in September 2013)

Description: This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. Recalled model numbers are listed below. The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. The dehumidifiers are light gray plastic and measure between 19 and 23 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.

Model Number

Capacity

Manufacture Date

ADER30LN

30 pint

1/08 through 12/10†

(for January 2008 through December 2010)

ADEW30LN

30 pint

AHR30LL

30 pint

AHR30LM

30 pint

AHW30LM

30 pint

ADER40LN

40 pint

AHH40LL

40 pint

AHR40LL

40 pint

AHR40LM

40 pint

ADEH50LN

50 pint

ADER50LN

50 pint

ADEW50LN

50 pint

AHH50LM

50 pint

AHR50LL

50 pint

AHR50LM

50 pint

AHW50LM

50 pint

ADER65LN

65 pint

ADEW65LN

65 pint

AHR65LL

65 pint

AHR65LM

65 pint

AHW65LM

65 pint

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 16 reports of incidents with the recalled GE-brand dehumidifiers, including 11 reports of overheating with no property damage beyond the units, and 5 reports of fires beyond the units which were associated with about $430,000 reported in property damage. This is in addition to more than 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage reported with other brands of Gree-manufactured dehumidifiers in the previous recall. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree to receive a refund.

Sold at: Samís Club, Walmart and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from April 2008 through December 2011 for between $180 and $270.

Manufacturer: Gree Electric Appliances, of China

Importers: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.

Manufactured in: China

To see this recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers





Property damage from fire involving a recalled GE dehumidifier



GE brand dehumidifier model ADEW30LN

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

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