Home Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2009
Release # 10-082
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 553-3199
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Home Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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: Hampton Bay Dehumidifiers

Units: About 2,000

Importer: The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: An internal component can fail causing the dehumidifier to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Home Depot has received 18 reports of the dehumidifiers catching fire. One consumer reported a burn injury to his forearm.

Description: The dehumidifiers are beige, have four wheels, and measure 21 inches high, 13 ½ inches wide and 17 ½ inches long. “Hampton Bay” is printed on the front panel. Model HB-50 is being recalled. The model number is printed on the back interior panel.

Sold at: The Home Depot from November 2000 through May 2007 for between $120 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Home Depot to receive a gift card for the full amount of the purchase price.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Home Depot at (800) 553-3199 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.homedepot.com

Picture of Recalled Dehumidifier

Picture of Recalled Dehumidifier Label