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Recall for dehumidifiers renewed as fire claims increase

Officials are renewing a recall of more than 2.5 million dehumidifiers after consumers didn't heed an initial recall last year, and fire claims went up.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the update Friday.

The dehumidifiers are made by Gree Electric Appliances of China and were initially recalled back in September because they can overheat and catch fire.

The CPSC said people didn't heed the warning, and the number of reported incidents of the appliance overheating jumped 400 percent since then.

The recall includes many different sizes and brand names including some models by Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.

The units were sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com, from January 2005 through August 2013 for between $110 and $400.

The CPSC is uring those who own the recalled dehumidifiers to turn them off and unplug them immediately.

According to the CPSC, there have been reports of more than 300 incidents, including 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage.

Owners can contact Gree for a refund:

Call toll-free at (866) 853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.

Visit the CPSC website for a full list of the models affected by the recall.


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