Home Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers 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.

NAME OF PRODUCT: HAMPTON BAY DEHUMIDIFIERS

UNITS: ABOUT 2,000

IMPORTER: THE HOME DEPOT, OF ATLANTA, GA.

HAZARD: AN INTERNAL COMPONENT CAN FAIL CAUSING THE DEHUMIDIFIER TO OVERHEAT, POSING FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS TO CONSUMERS.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: HOME DEPOT HAS RECEIVED 18 REPORTS OF THE DEHUMIDIFIERS CATCHING FIRE. ONE CONSUMER REPORTED A BURN INJURY TO HIS FOREARM.

DESCRIPTION: THE DEHUMIDIFIERS ARE BEIGE, HAVE FOUR WHEELS, AND MEASURE 21 INCHES HIGH, 13 ½ INCHES WIDE AND 17 ½ INCHES LONG. “HAMPTON BAY” IS PRINTED ON THE FRONT PANEL. MODEL HB-50 IS BEING RECALLED. THE MODEL NUMBER IS PRINTED ON THE BACK INTERIOR PANEL.

SOLD AT: THE HOME DEPOT FROM NOVEMBER 2000 THROUGH MAY 2007 FOR BETWEEN $120 AND $150.

MANUFACTURED IN: CHINA

REMEDY: CONSUMERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP USING THE RECALLED DEHUMIDIFIERS AND CONTACT HOME DEPOT TO RECEIVE A GIFT CARD FOR THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.

CONSUMER CONTACT: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HOME DEPOT AT (800) 553-3199 BETWEEN 8:30 A.M. AND 5:30 P.M. ET MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, OR VISIT THE FIRM’S WEB SITE AT WWW.HOMEDEPOT.COM

PICTURE OF RECALLED DEHUMIDIFIERPICTURE OF RECALLED DEHUMIDIFIER LABEL

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