We have a warning a popular dehumidifier, after complaints it can catch fire.
This involves a model top rated by Consumer Reports magazine. But the magazine is taking the unusual step of after customer feedback and some dramatic video.
Imagine if your dehumidifier caught fire in your laundry room or crawl space.
That is what happened, however, according to Coupled with several other complaints, it has triggered a stop sale order of a dehumidifier that was top rated by Consumer Reports magazine just one year ago.
Models Affected by Alert
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of these dehumidifiers, which were sold under the Soleus Air and Kenmore brand name.
The Soleus Air models were sold primarily at Lowe's, but also at other stores and online.
The Kenmore models were sold at Sears (though this involves only a small number of Sears units).
All were built in China between 2010 and 2012 by a company called Gree. Some are squared off at the corners, while some more rounded.
The manufacturer, Gree, has issued a order to all merchants, telling them to pull remaining stock .
Soleus International Inc. (Soleus), according to court documents, entered into a joint venture with China’s Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, dubbed “Gree USA,” with products that would be branded “SoleusAir Powered by Gree.” The venture was consummated in 2010, and Soleus transferred all of its existing customer contracts and data to the new venture.
The portable, three-in-one SOLEUS AIR KY-80E9 air conditioner is ideal for a small dorm room or a workshop. It offers cooling, dehumidification, and fan only for year-round conditioning and comfort. It boasts clever designs – the auto cool & sleep mode functions and the 24-hour on/off timer function, and includes a convenient control panel as well as an LED remote control, giving you the ultimate convenience.
SoleusAir is the brand associated with the dehumidifier going up in flames, in the video. Complete details of the two recalls, that combine to include 2.4 million of the dehumidifiers, can be found .