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GE-Brand Added to Gree Dehumidifier Recall; Serious Fire and Burn Risk

This recall blog has been updated since it was first posted on Sept. 12, 2013.

If you previously checked your dehumidifier to see if it was included in the Gree recall last year, please look again. And if you have not yet checked your dehumidifier, we strongly suggest you do so immediately.

GE-brand dehumidifiers, which were made by Gree Electric Appliances, were added in January 2014 to Gree’s recall of more than 2 million dehumidifiers. Gree has also added more Soleus Air models to the recall and expanded the date codes to include more products.

The firm and CPSC are now aware of the following reports associated with all 13 brands of recalled dehumidifiers:

  • 471 overheating or smoking incidents
  • 121 fires
  • $4.483 million in property damage.

The number of reported overheating incidents increased from 119 to 471 and the number of reported fires increased from 46 to 121 in the 7 months since the recall was first announced in September.

Don’t let this happen to you:

Property damage from fires involving recalled dehumidifiers.

This property damage is from fires involving recalled dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances. The recall involves 13 brands of dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire.

If you have a dehumidifier in your home, check the two recall notices below to see if YOUR dehumidifier is included in the recalls. The recalled brands are:

  • Danby
  • De’Longhi
  • Fedders
  • Fellini
  • Frigidaire
  • GE
  • Gree
  • Kenmore
  • Norpole
  • Premiere
  • Seabreeze
  • SoleusAir
  • SuperClima

The specific models are listed here:

If you own one of the recalled products, stop using it and contact Gree for a refund.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/04/ge-brand-added-to-gree-dehumidifier-recall-serious-fire-and-burn-risk/

Storage Chest Alert

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Do you have an old wooden storage chest lying around your home? Maybe, it’s in an attic? Maybe, you’ve put it in your child’s room?

Recently, two Boston-area children tragically died while playing hide and seek in a chest. The children reportedly climbed into a Lane hope chest that latched shut automatically. There was no way to open the airtight chest from the inside.

CPSC is investigating the deaths of the children.

Lane Cedar Chests were first recalled in 1996. The recall involves 12 million “Lane” and “Virginia Maid”-brand cedar chests made between 1912 and 1987. This recall is still active. Lane renewed its search for hazardous chests in March 2000, upon learning of another death and two near deaths.

If you have one of these chests, Lane wants you to know that they are still providing new, latches and locks that prevent children from being trapped inside the chest. Contact the company to request a new latch/lock. While you await the arrival of the new hardware, remove the existing hardware set from your chest. Don’t take a chance that this could happen to a child in your life.

To get replacement hardware for your Lane or Virginia Maid storage chest free of charge, contact the company at http://www.lanefurniture.com/. CPSC has received reports of 34 child deaths since 1996 in chests, including toy chests, cedar chests, cedar trunks, hope chests, blanket chests, storage benches, storage trunks and cedar boxes. Lane cedar chests were not involved in all of these deaths.

If you own any type of chest or storage trunk that is not part of the recall, disable or remove the lock or latch that secures the lid.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/storage-chest-alert/

Developers: We’ve Got a Challenge for You!

Safety APP_BlogHow many consumers know that you can go online and tell the government about consumer product safety problems that you encounter?

How many of you know that you can search those reports before you spend your own money on a particular product?

Since the launch of SaferProducts.gov in March 2011, more than 18,000 product safety reports have been submitted to CPSC. The site gets about 200,000 visits every month.

Those numbers are a good start. But we want to do better. That’s where you come in.

Help us!

The Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge is simple: Create apps and innovative tools that raise awareness of these reports and of consumer product recalls.

You can get the reports through our SaferProducts API. The recalls API is here.

Mash up the information with product review sites, auction sites and search. Get creative and come up with the next brilliant idea for educating consumers about product safety.

Your reward? You can put on your resume that you built something that saved lives and prevented injuries. Plus, you get to meet our Acting Chairman and take home $1,000. We’ll feature the four winners in a live webcast award ceremony (archived on YouTube), where you’ll get to show off your work.

The complete contest and rules are available at Productsafetyapps.challengepost.com

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/developers-weve-got-a-challenge-for-you/

IKEA Reporting Child Death Involving Wall-Mounted Lamp; Recall

Do you have these wall-mounted IKEA children’s lamps in your home?

Recalled Ikea children's lamps

IKEA is recalling these lights and supplying you with free self-adhesive fasteners to attach the lamp’s cord to the wall.

Two children, a 16-month-old and a 15-month-old, got tangled in the lamp’s cord while the children were in their cribs. One child died, the other nearly strangled. In both of these instances, the children pulled the lamp cords into the crib.

Take down these lamps until you get and install the free repair kit from IKEA. Here’s IKEA’s contact information:

  • Toll-free phone: (888) 966-4532 anytime
  • Online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.

This recall is the second in the past month involving cords strangling young children. In November, Angelcare announced a recall to repair movement and sound baby monitors after two deaths.  Keep all cords possible at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. Here are more @OnSafety blogs explaining various kid/cord issues.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/ikea-reporting-child-death-involving-wall-mounted-lamp-recall/

Baby Movement Monitor Recall: A Cord Issue

Angelcare Movement and Sound Sensor MonitorWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Kids and cords are a dangerous mix! No matter the product—baby monitors, window coverings, or baby movement monitors —cords in little hands can end up strangling a child.

We’re reminding you because today CPSC, in cooperation with Angelcare Monitors Inc., is announcing a recall to repair movement and sound baby monitors after two deaths. A cord attaches the baby monitor sensor pad under the crib mattress with the nursery monitor unit. This cord poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and the cord becomes wrapped around the child’s neck.

Angelcare is providing cord covers for Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor pads. These cord covers are designed to prevent a child from pulling the cord into the crib. Make sure to contact Angelcare at (855)355-2643 or www.angelcarebaby.com to get a free cord cover.

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor with rigid strips repair kit installed

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor with rigid strips repair kit installed

As for those traditional baby monitor cords, we continue to recommend that you keep these cords and monitors at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. Here’s a video that shows why:

 

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/baby-movement-monitor-recall-a-cord-issue/