WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: GE Brand Dehumidifiers
Hazard: A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard.
Consumer Contact: Midea toll-free at (877) 593-8721 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.midea.com/us/ and click on Product Recall Info at the bottom of the page under the Support heading.
To see photos of the recalled products, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/GE-Brand-Dehumidifiers-by-Midea-Recalled-for-Repair
Units: About 15,500
Description: This recall involves 30-pint portable GE brand dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers are white plastic and measure about 19 inches tall, 13 inches wide and 9 inches deep with a front-loading water bucket. "GE" and digital controls are located on top of the dehumidifier. Model, serial and manufacture dates are located on a label on the back of the dehumidifier. The model, serial and manufacture dates included in the recall are:
Serial Number Begins with:
AT1, DT1, FT1 or GT1
2010/01 through 2010/04
(for January 2010 through April 2010)
Incidents/Injuries: Midea and GE have received one report of a fire contained within the dehumidifier unit. No other property damage or injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers, unplug them and contact Midea for instructions on returning their recalled dehumidifier for a free repair. Consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the retailer where purchased.
Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide from March 2010 to December 2010 for about $170.
Importer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.
Manufacturer: GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd., of China
Manufactured in: China
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SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission