Dehumidifier fires prompt safety alert

A warning is being issued about a popular dehumidifier, after complaints it can catch fire. 

The warning is for a model top rated by Consumer Reports magazine. But the magazine is taking the unusual step of pulling that rating, after customer feedback and some dramatic video. 

-- Models Affected by Alert 

The dehumidifiers 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 "stop sale" order to all merchants, telling them to pull remaining stock .

To see specific model numbers,  go to

To see the YouTube video that sparked the investigation, click here. 

-- What You Can Do 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), tells Consumer Reports it is investigating, which can be the precurser to a recall. 

The magazine says if you have your receipt, you may be able to get a refund at Lowe's. 

If you must use it, make sure you are nearby at all times, in case it were to overheat. Do not run it when you are sleeping or out of the house.

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