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CHICAGO, Ill. — Dehumidifiers recalled by their manufacturers are an unsuspected fire hazard lurking in people’s basements across the U.S. At least three dehumidifier manufacturers have recalled their appliances which could overheat and spark a fire. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, house fires set by overheated dehumidifiers, many of which were recalled by their manufacturer, caused $25 million in property damage in about 500 fires over the last few years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned about the fire hazard dehumidifiers present and caution consumers to research their machine to see if the company recalled the product.

The CPCS issued a warning to consumers about the possibility of their dehumidifiers starting a fire. The CPCS stated that many people who own dehumidifiers run them all day, every day. Folks will turn them on and forget that they are running in their basements. Allowing the appliances to run without stopping will cause them to overheat and could start to smoke and eventually catch fire. As a result of this defect, Gree Electric Appliances, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment, Ltd. recalled several lines of dehumidifiers sold by various retailers in stores and online, including Sears, Kmart, Walmart, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Amazon.com. Gree Electric Appliances commenced its recall campaign as far back as 2013. However, only about 6% of people have returned defective dehumidifiers after the manufacturing companies recalled them. 

Fire investigators linked at least 500 house fires to faulty dehumidifiers over the last couple of years. Property damage from those fires is estimated to be around $500 million. Some people were lucky. The Chicago Sun-Times interviewed residents displaced by fire who said that the fire alarms in their homes saved them from tragedy after their dehumidifiers caught fire. 

Any consumer who has a question whether their dehumidifier was recalled should visit CPSC.gov or the website of the dehumidifier manufacturer.

Can You File a Lawsuit for Your Dehumidifier Fire?

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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