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Gree recalls defective household products sold nationwide

Colorado residents may be familiar with 20 to 70 pint capacity dehumidifiers manufactured by a company called Gree. They are sold under numerous brand names, including Kenmore, Frigidaire and others. Gree recently issued a recall of a variety of its dehumidifiers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a complete list of the date codes, brands and models of the defective household products that are affected by the recall.

The company is urging consumers to immediately unplug the products and contact it by either phone or email for a refund. Apparently, this is not the first recall of the dehumidifiers issued. In Sept. 2013 the recall was initiated. It was updated in October, and in January of this year, the recall was expanded. The current recall is in response to the fact that these products are still in circulation.

The products can overheat, which may cause them to smoke and even catch fire. Reports of overheating and fires continued to rise even after the recalls were issued. Current estimates put property damages at $4.5 million, which amount has nearly doubled since the first recall. The company has received 471 reports of overheating and 121 reports of fires.

Defective household products cause thousands of injuries and even some deaths each year. Companies appear to do their best to get these products off the market, but -- in some cases -- only after a problem is discovered and reported by a consumer. At that point, it may be too late to spare a Colorado consumer from injury or death. If that happens, a civil action may be filed against the company to seek a monetary judgment for damages incurred in connection with the defective or dangerous product.

Source: USA Today, "Dehumidifiers recalled after overheating, fires", Derry London, May 15, 2014

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