3.4 million dehumidifiers recalled after reports of smoke and fire

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WASHINGTON (WHTM) – About 3.4 million dehumidifiers sold at Lowes and other national retailers have been recalled because they can overheat and catch fire.

The manufacturer, GD Midea, has received 38 reports of smoke and fire that include about $4.8 million in property damage, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported.

The recall is for 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers sold under 52 different brand names. They were sold from January 2003 through December 2013 for between $100 and $300.

The brand names are: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.

The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. To determine if your dehumidifier has been recalled, enter the model number at https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier.

Owners should turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact GD Midea for either a replacement unit or a partial refund. Consumers whose dehumidifiers were manufactured before Oct. 1, 2008 will receive a partial refund, not a replacement.

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