Two Million Dehumidifiers Recalled Over Fire Hazard

By Jason Hall

August 6, 2021

Photo: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

About 2.4 million dehumidifiers made from 20 different brands and sold at popular nationwide retailers are being recalled after reports of overheating and catching fire.

The recall involves 25-, 30-, 35-, 45-, 50-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 74-pint dehumidifiers manufactured by New Widetech in China, according to a notice shared on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website this week.

Dehumidifier brands listed in the recall include:

  • AeonAir
  • Amana
  • ArcticAire (Danby)
  • Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores)
  • Commercial Cool
  • Danby
  • Danby Designer
  • Danby Premiere
  • De’Longhi
  • Edgestar
  • Friedrich
  • Generations (Danby)
  • Haier
  • Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek)
  • Idylis
  • Ivation
  • perfect aire
  • SuperClima
  • Whirlpool
  • Whynte

"The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards," the notice states.

New Widetech said it is aware of 107 incidents in which recalled dehumidifiers overheated and/or caught fire, which reportedly caused about $17 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported in relation to the dehumidifiers.

The recalled items were sold at Lowe's, Costco, Walmart, Menards, and other nationwide retailers from February 2009 through August 2017 at prices ranging from $120 and $430.

"Consumers should stop using the dehumidifiers immediately and contact New Widetech for a refund. The amount of the refund will be pro-rated based on the age of the dehumidifier," the notice stated.

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