On November 29, 2016, Gree expanded its 2013 dehumidifier recall, which now encompasses approximately 2.5 million dehumidifiers sold in the United States and Canada under brand names such as Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, and Danby. Gree initially announced a recall involving dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China on September 12, 2013. Per the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the dehumidifiers are known to possess a defect that causes the subject units to overheat, smoke, and catch fire. These defects have resulted in over 450 reported fires. The dehumidifiers were manufactured in China and sold nationwide from January 2005 through August 2013 by retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Sears, and Walmart.
For several years, Stutman Law has been amassing property damage claims involving the Gree dehumidifiers which are now subject to the expanded recall. By aggregating these claims, Stutman Law’s Mass Tort Program has been able to effectively combat Gree’s delay tactics and obtain expeditious settlements for its clients. By treating these claims which involve a common defect as a “mass tort” and through obtaining information during the course of individual test litigations against Gree, Stutman Law is now positioned to file a mass tort action against Gree.
If you have any questions concerning Gree dehumidifier fire claims or are interested in obtaining information about Stutman Law’s mass tort against Gree, please contact Robert A. Stutman or Hal J. Kleinman.