GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company recalls various brand dehumidifiers

Starting date:
November 2, 2016
Posting date:
November 2, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fire Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-60794

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company

Affected products

Various brand dehumidifiers

Product description

This recall involves 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers with the following brand names: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Mainstay, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Air, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, Sunpentown, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe and Winix.

Consumers can use the model selection tool on the recall website to enter their unit’s manufacturing information and find out whether their dehumidifier unit is affected.

Hazard identified

The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke or catch fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this product.

GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company has received one report in Canada of a fire in one of the affected units and 38 consumer incident reports in the United States. The incidents involved fires and/or smoke, and property damage.  There have been no injuries reported.

Number sold

Approximately 850,000 units were sold in Canada and 3.4 million units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from approximately 2003 to 2013 through various stores and online in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company
Guangdong
CHINA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the affected dehumidifiers and contact GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company to arrange for a product replacement or partial refund.

For more information and to determine if their product is affected, consumers can use the Model Selection tool on the recall website to enter their unit’s manufacturing information and find out whether their dehumidifier unit is affected or call GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Company toll-free at 1-800-600-3055 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, Monday to Friday.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.