Up to 413,915 dehumidifiers sold under various brand names are being recalled in Canada because of a risk of overheating and catching fire.
Health Canada and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a voluntary recall involving more than 2.5 million of the appliances.
All affected models were made by a company called New Widetech, but were sold under various brand names, including:
- Commercial Cool.
- Danby Designer.
- Danby Premiere.
- perfect aire.
The sizes range from between 25 and 74 pints. They were sold at retailers including Lowe’s, Walmart and Costco between February 2009 and August 2017 for between $120 and $430.
“Consumers should stop using the dehumidifiers immediately and contact New Widetech for a refund. The amount of the refund will be pro-rated based on the age of the dehumidifier,” the company said.
The brand name, model number and pint capacity are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. A complete list of recalled models can be found here.
The company said it is aware of 107 cases in the U.S. of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in about $17 million US in property damage. No injuries have been reported in the U.S. In Canada, the company has received two reports of fire and/or smoke damage to property. No injuries were reported. In Mexico, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries.
U.S. officials say 2,103,028 units were sold in the U.S. Up to 413,915 were sold in Canada and approximately 25,659 were sold in Mexico.