On December 17, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Home Depot announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2,000 Hampton Bay dehumidifiers, due to a potential fire and burn hazard to consumers. The defective dehumidifiers have an internal component that can cause the product to overheat.
The recall affects beige Hampton Bay dehumidifiers with model number HB-50 printed on the back interior panel. The product has four wheels and measures 21 inches high, 13.5 inches wide, and 17.5 inches in length. The front panel reads “Hampton Bay.”
Home Depot has received 18 reports of the dehumidifiers catching fire, with one report of a burn injury to the forearm. The defective products were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from November 2000 through May 2007.
Consumers are urged to stop using the products immediately and contact Home Depot to receive a gift card for the full amount of the purchase price.