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GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers

Starting date:
July 12, 2011
Posting date:
July 12, 2011
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Audience:
General Public (GP)
Identification number:
RA-500002609

Affected products

GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers

Product description

This recall involves 30-pint and 40-pint portable dehumidifiers manufactured between November 2006 and August 2007, and during April 2008. The dehumidifiers are white with a front-loading water bucket. "GE" or "Professional Series" and digital controls are located on top of the dehumidifier. Model and serial numbers are located on the back of the dehumidifiers.

The following model and serial numbers below are included in this recall and according to MABE Canada Inc., it imported only model AHH40LK into Canada.
Brand Model Number
Begins With
Serial Number
Begins With
GE AHK30LK
AHW30LK
AHM30LK
AHK40LK
AHH40LK
AHM40LK
VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1,
FM1, GM1, HM1, LM1,
MM1, RM1
CEM "Professional Series" PS78303 From C10102336010841
4100001
to C10102336010841
5103037

Hazard identified

A component in the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Midea and GE have received a total of 14 reports of incidents involving smoke and fumes emitting from the unit and eight reports of fires. In six of the reported fire incidents, property damage extended beyond the unit. No injuries have been reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these dehumidifiers.

Number sold

Approximately 680 units of the affected dehumidifiers were sold at Sam's Club and other retailers across Canada.

Time period sold

The affected dehumidifiers were sold from February 2007 to June 2009.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd.
CHINA
Tel: 1-877-593-8721
Importer
Mabe Canada Inc.
Burlington
Ontario
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the affected dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine if their product is included in the recall. Consumers with the affected dehumidifier will be instructed on how to return their product to an authorized service centre for a free repair. Consumers should not return the recalled dehumidifiers to the place of purchase.

For more information, consumers may contact Midea at 1-877-593-8721 between 8 a.m.and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may also view the recall notice on the Electrical Safety Authority's website.