Millions of dehumidifiers are being recalled after they were found to be responsible for more than 450 fires. The company is also being accused of “misrepresenting” the problem to the Consumer Product Safety Commission; they said the dehumidifiers had caused $4.5 million in property damage. The real figure is closer to $20 million.
The recall includes some 2.5 million dehumidifiers made by Gree, which makes them brands like GE, Kenmore, Seabreeze and Frigidaire. These dehumidifiers were sold at store like Sam’s Club, Walmart, Lowe’s and HH Gregg. The initial recall started in 2013 with certain models, but kept expanding as the scope of the problem became clearer. For its deception, the company has been handed a fine of $15.45 million dollars. This recall comes on the heels of another massive dehumidifier recall in which 3.4 million Chinese-made units were found to have caused $4.8 million in damage.
We like to believe that the products we use everyday are tested until they are safe. And while that is true to a degree, many products end up causing property damage and injuries because the manufacturer cut corners in the manufacturing or failed to include proper warnings or instructions.
In this particular recall, there were no reports of injuries, which might be considered a minor miracle. Imagine if a child had been in the vicinity or the family was sleeping when it caught fire.
If you feel you’ve been injured by a defective or dangerous product, an attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you need to recover.
Source: consumerist.com, “Gree Re-Announces 2013 Dehumidifier Recall Linked To $19M In Property Damage,” Ashlee Kieler, November 30, 2016