GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2011
Release #11-088
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 593-8721
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers

Units: About 198,000

Importer: GEA Products L.P., of Louisville, Ky., and CEM Global LLC (Professional Series) of China

Manufacturer: GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd., of China

Hazard: A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Midea and GE have received a total of 14 reports of incidents involving smoke and fumes emitting from the unit and eight reports of fires. In six of the reported fire incidents, property damage extended beyond the unit. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This 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 of the dehumidifiers. Model and serial numbers included in the recall are:

BrandModel Number Begins With:Serial Number Begins With:
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

Sold at: Walmart, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009 for between $140 and $180.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine if their product is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled dehumidifiers will return their product to an authorized service center for a free repair. Consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the place of purchase.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Midea toll-free at (877) 593-8721 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.recallverification.com


LOCATION OF BRAND NAME ("GE" or "Professional Series") SHOWN HERE:
Picture of recalled dehumidifier and location of brand name
RATING LABEL WITH MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER SHOWN HERE:
Location and detail of rating label