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What is a Soleus dehumidifier?

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Soleus Air dehumidifiers are a brand of variable capacity appliances made by the Chinese manufacturer Gree. All production of all models was halted and a mandatory recall of all sold units between January 2005 and August 2013 was initiated in September 2013.

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The recall affected 32 models of Soleus Air branded Gree dehumidifiers. Between the initiation of the recall and October 30, 2013, the units caused 485 incidents of overheating and smoking. Of these, 96 units actually caught fire, causing an estimated $2.725 million dollars in property damage. The problem with these units was that they were designed defectively and featured a non-fire-retardant plastic. The significant burn and fire hazards posed by the machines forced the company to recommend immediate discontinuation of dehumidifier use. Gree was forced to, as a condition of the recall, refund customers for the defective products.

Gree units were marketed under a number of different brand names, including Seabreeze, GE, Kenmore, Frigidaire and Danby. Most of the units produced during the time frame were also subject to the recall. They were sold at major nationwide home improvement and department store retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe's and Sears, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and eBay. The units typically retailed from $110 to $400, depending on the model.

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