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For Immediate Release Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 593-8721
January 11, 2011 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Release #11-088 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers Recalled
Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


Name of product: GE and Professional Series Brand Dehumidifiers
Units: About 198,000
Importer: GEA Products L.P. of Louisiville, KY, and CEM Global LLC (Professional Series) of China
Manufacturer: GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd., of China
Incidents/Injuries: 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, proprty damage extended beyond the unit. No injuries have been reported.

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.
Sold at: Walmart, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009 for between $140 and $180.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifiers and contact Midea to determine if their product is included in the recall. Consumers with recalled dehumidifiers will return their product to an authorized dealer for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Midea toll-free at (877) 593-8721 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Model and serial numbers included in the recall:

Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Numbers Begin With:
GE AHK30LK, AHW30LK, AHM30LK, AHK40LK, AHH40LK, and AHM40LK VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1, GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1, RM1
CEM "Professional Series" PS78303 from C101023360108414100001 to C101023360108415103037

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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting: https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually.

The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772, teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.

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If your product is affected by the recall you must stop using the product immediately and disconnect it from the power supply by unplugging it.