The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with the importer has announced a voluntary recall of GE and Professional Series brand dehumidifiers, according to a written statement issued Tuesday.
About 198,000 units imported by GEA Products L.P., of Louisville, Ky., and CEM Global LLC (Professional Series) of China.
The manufacturer is GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China
The notice said a component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard. Midea and GE have received 14 reports of smoke and fumes emitting from units and eight reports of fires. In six cases, property damage extended beyond the unit, the statement said.
No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves 30-pint and 40-pint portable dehumidifiers manufactured between November 2006 and August 2007, and during April 2008. The dehumidifiers are white with a front-loading water bucket.
"GE" or "Professional Series" and digital controls are located on top of the dehumidifier. Model and serial numbers are located on the back:
- GE – AHK30LK, AHW30LK, AHM30LK, AHK40LK, AHH40LK, and AHM40LK VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1, GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1, RM1
- CEM "Professional Series" – PS78303 from C10102336010841 4100001 to C10102336010841 5103037
Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine whether their product is included in the recall. Authorized service centers will do a free repair, Tuesday's statement said. Contact the company at 877-593-8721 Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.recallverification.com.
The notice also said consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the place of purchase.
Those who wish to report problems, including injuries, are asked to visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call its hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301595-7054.