GE Brand Dehumidifier Recalls Due to Fire Hazard
Posted on Feb 05, 2014
In the winter months families may be preoccupied with properly using space heaters and avoiding house fires. However, a recall from Gree Electric Appliances is stealing the spotlight this winter. Our defective product lawyers in Raleigh learned about the recall from the North Carolina Consumers Council, a great resource that helps educate the citizens of the Tar Heel State about the latest product recalls. The injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates provide a quick overview of the recall information below, which you can share with your friends and family if you are concerned their appliance is part of the recall.
Gree's GE-brand dehumidifiers have resulted in over a dozen reports of overheating and a handful of fires. (The recall includes 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name.) Other Gree-made dehumidifers sold under different brand names have caused fires that have resulted in almost $3 million in property damage. Stop using these products immediately. If you have not suffered damage or injuries, contact the manufacturer for a refund. If you are a victim of a fire caused by one of these dehumidifiers, contact our defective product lawyers in Raleigh for a free case evaluation.
Defective Appliances and Negligent Manufacturing
Several areas of liability are possible when a product fails. A product may malfunction as part of poor design or faulty parts, or the manufacturer fails to provide adequate instructions. In these cases, if the consumer was using the product appropriately they may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, the retailer that sold the product, or even a repair or maintenance service provider if the product had been serviced poorly.
Navigating Product Liability Law in North Carolina
Statute of limitations with defective products is interpreted differently. Although personal injury claims in North Carolina must be filed within two years of the date of the accident or exposure (or from first knowledge of the injury or illness), when it comes to product liability individuals have six years from the date the product was purchased. However, there may be secondary restrictions in addition to North Carolina state law. The clock starts ticking when the manufacturer notifies users of the defect. If an innocent consumer does not follow the news or realize their Gree dehumidifer is part of the recalls, and if they continue to use the product in the years to come and suffer fire damage or burn injuries, the victim(s) may face secondary restrictions on the statute of limitations.