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Fri Aug 6, 2021, 02:03 PM

More than 2 million dehumidifiers recalled after $17 million in fire damage

Source: CBS NEWS

BY KATE GIBSON

Roughly 2.4 million dehumidifiers made for 20 different brands and sold by retailers nationwide are being recalled because they can overheat and catch fire, something that's happened more than 100 times, causing about $17 million in property damage.

"The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards," according to a notice posted this week by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Manufacturer New Widetech in China said it is aware of 107 incidents where the dehumidifiers overheated and/or caught fire, resulting in about $17 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported



Recalled AeonAir dehumidifier.
U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

About 2 million of the recalled dehumidifiers were sold at retailers nationwide including Costco, Lowe's, Menards and Walmart from February 2009 through August 2017 for between $120 and $430 each. Another 380,000 of the dehumidifiers were sold in Canada and about 25,000 in Mexico, the company stated.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/dehumidifier-recall-overheat-fire/

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 02:06 PM

1. Sounds like something UL should have caught in testing.

I would assume the product is UL listed...

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 02:31 PM

3. Do products made in China even require UL approval?

I’ll try to find an answer…

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Response to EYESORE 9001 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 02:41 PM

4. There is no federal law stating that products must have UL certification

whether domestic or imported

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Response to EYESORE 9001 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 03:06 PM

6. I have noticed a number of electronics will have the European "CE" mark on them

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Response to EYESORE 9001 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 07:23 PM

9. A decade or two ago

Most of the light fixtures for homes were being manufactured in China.

Some U.S. distributors told the Chinese manufacturers that they needed a UL lab sticker on each one.

Sooooo, they printed up some counterfeit UL stickers and stuck them on all the ones sent to the U.S.

It took the National Electrical Code people YEARS to catch on to what they were doing................

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Response to EYESORE 9001 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 08:06 PM

11. No, but for insurance purposes you should buy UL approved appliances.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 03:48 PM

8. Something I noticed quite a few years ago was that UL tags had gone missing from appliances...

Ever since I was a child in the misty past, the UL tags were attached to the cords of household appliances, seen out of the corner of my eye like part of the landscape. One day I realized that the tags I had been seeing on the cords lately were not, in fact, UL. Instead they contained warnings about how this appliance could in effect kill you, but it wasn’t going to be the manufacturer’s fault.

Caveat Emptor.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 02:28 PM

2. Everything is designed, manufactured, sold by licensed third parties

Many things anyway. Sometimes the brand is licensed, sometimes the manufacture is contracted but the product is still sold by the parent company on the label.

I like products that are designed, made, manufactured by the name on the label. They won't cheapen their own name.

But seems like everything is sold to someone else. Companies that collect and manage brands.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 03:26 PM

7. It not only dehumidifies

It dehousifies...

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Response to Galraedia (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 7, 2021, 08:25 AM

12. I don't have on of those but thanks for the link.

Should have been there from the start.

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