Chinese manufacturer, Midea, has recalled 3.4 million of its dehumidifiers in North America because of safety concerns.
The recall is as a result of overheating which can lead to the units smoking and catching fire. Midea has had 38 reports of its dehumidifiers smoking or going up in flames. The incidents have resulted in damage to properties worth $4.8 million, although no injuries have been reported.
The units were sold through retailers between January 2013 and December 2013. They cost between $100 and $300 each. The units affected come in a variety of capacities and are sold several brand names. Customers can find if their model is on the recall list here: www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier
Customers are advised to turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers, and contact Midea for a replacement or partial refund. People who bought their dehumidifiers before 1st October 2008 will only receive a partial refund.