By Katherine Wiles
More than 2.4 million dehumidifiers sold nationwide under 20 brand names are being recalled after more than 100 reports that they have overheated and caught fire, according to the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission.
“The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards,” the Commission wrote in its recall notice .
The dehumidifiers are manufactured by New Widetech in China but sold under 20 different brand names, including Honeywell /zigman2/quotes/205583690/composite HON +0.45% , Danby and Whirlpool /zigman2/quotes/200296850/composite WHR -0.65% .
About 2 million of the recalled dehumidifiers were sold at stores across the U.S., including Lowe’s /zigman2/quotes/205563664/composite LOW +1.06% , Costco /zigman2/quotes/201191698/composite COST +1.59% and Walmart /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +0.52% from February 2009 through August 2017. Another 380,000 were sold in Canada and 25,000 were sold in Mexico , the recall notice read.
The manufacturer is “aware of 107 incidents of the recalled dehumidifiers overheating and/or catching fire, resulting in about $17 million in property damage,” it said, though no injuries have been reported.
Consumers should stop using the 25-to-74-pint dehumidifiers immediately and contact New Widetech at 877-251-1512 or online for a pro-rated refund, based on the age of the product. A list of the recalled products with model numbers can be found here .