While many fires sparked by defective dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electrical Appliances based in China have affected private homes, commercial buildings also have been adversely impacted. A fire at Ferrin’s Furniture, a store located in Red Wing, MN, caused fire damage in the basement and smoke damage throughout the commercial building. The cause of the fire was traced to a dehumidifier identified as Soleus Air by Gree. The device was operating in the basement of the building when the fire erupted. Forty fire fighters worked to extinguish the fire according to local media reports.
This scene has played out hundreds of times in the U.S. as defective Gree dehumidifiers have caused approximately 450 fires resulting in tens of millions of dollars in property damage. The Gree dehumidifier recall was announced by Gree in coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on September 13, 2013. The defective units, which were sold from January 2005 through August 2013, can overheat causing the dehumidifiers to spew smoke and ignite a fire. While the appliances have been blamed for extensive property damage, the assumption is that personal injuries and wrongful deaths claims will follow because of the number of fires and the extent of the damage.
Businesses and homeowners who experience a fire like this one caused by a dehumidifier manufactured by Gree might have the right to damages through a product liability claim. If you have experienced burns, smoke inhalation, crush injuries from collapsing areas of a structure, or the death of a loved one, you might have the right to pursue damages on a “strict liability” basis. Companies that design, manufacture, or market defective products can be liable without a consumer needing to prove negligence. The business might be liable if the consumer proves the defect existed when the device was in the possession and control of the party (or parties) against whom a claim is filed.
While the CPSC is still investigating to determine why the devices are causing fires, a lawsuit filed by a company that sold the appliances under the name SoleusAire might provide some insight. Documents filed in the lawsuit allege that the device is defective because of the use of substandard materials. The Soleus lawsuit alleges that evidence of the device’s defect was discovered by an investigation conducted by an independent contractor. The investigation allegedly was arranged after Gree dismissed reports of problems with the units received from consumers by Soleus.
The recall of the units that sparked the commercial fire includes designated 20-70 pint dehumidifiers sold under a range of brand names that include GE, Norpole, GE, SoleusAire, SuperClima, Fellini, Premiere, De’Longhi, Seabreeze, Danby, Kenmore, Frigidaire, Fedders, Gree, and Norpole. The brand name and pint size of the unit can be found on the front of the device. The date code and model number of the recalled units can be found on a sticker located on the front, back, or side of the dehumidifier. If you have one of the recalled units, you should unplug the appliance and contact Gree for a refund.
If you or a loved one has suffered a property loss, injury, or the loss of a loved one in a fire caused by a Gree manufactured dehumidifier, our law firm is currently investigating such claims. You might have a right to financial compensation for your injuries and other losses. Call the Law Offices of Jason Turchin for a free assessment of your case at (888) 99-VICTIM.
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If you or a loved one or family member were injured, burned, killed or suffered property damage caused by a defective dehumidifier, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, surgical costs, prescription painkillers, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, and mental pain and anguish you may have suffered.
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