Governments recall dehumidifiers
TOTAL RECALL: The risk of faulty machines starting fires has prompted a massive recall of the ubiquitous appliance. Leading overseas brands are also on the list
By Max Hirsch
Friday, Feb 09, 2007, Page 1
“[T]he flaws are all related to low-quality electronic relay technology, posing the risk of fire.”
from a Taipei City Government Law and Regulation Commission press release
In what could turn out to be the most extensive product recall in the nation’s history, the central and Taipei City governments yesterday demanded that appliance makers [color=red]Sanyo, Tatung, Gibson, Teco, Kolin and Frigidaire[/color] recall approximately 72,000 dehumidifiers manufactured between January 2003 and July 2005.
Taipei City Government consumer commission spokesman Huang Yu-sheng (黃鈺生) dropped the recall bomb in a press conference yesterday following a Jan. 15 warning by the commission that Whirlpool’s “ADS 051m” dehumidifer model had caused five fires last year, allegedly because of its shoddy construction.
Representatives from the National Fire Agency and consumer commissions in Taipei and Hsinchu counties were also on hand to warn consumers not to use their dehumidifiers if they were made between January 2003 and July 2005 by the six cited manufacturers.
Huang called on the manufacturers to begin recalling their dehumidifiers for inspection and possible repair immediately, while spokespeople from all six companies agreed to the recall and apologized to the public.
The release yesterday warned consumers not to leave dehumidifiers on when they are not at home and not to use such devices continuously for more than 24 hours. Dehumidifiers that have been operating continuously for long periods should be shut off for at least half an hour before being used again, it added.
Other precautions such as placing dehumidifiers in open spaces with good circulation and away from flammable materials are also necessary in preventing fires, officials said.