Consumers who bought a Soleus dehumidifier manufactured as part of a partnership between Soleus and Gree International may be entitled to compensation. The company itself has reportedly admitted that the product is faulty, manufactured from substandard materials, and may pose a fire risk. Products manufactured between 2010 and 2012 are reported to be affected.
Gree USA was formed in April 2012 as a partnership between Soleus and Gree, manufacturing dehumidifiers branded as “SoleusAir Powered By Free.” Customer reports from July 2012 onwards suggested that the product had a critical flaw, and was prone to catching on fire due to the use of flammable plastic. Soleus reported the flaw to Gree which, according to a lawsuit the company has now filed against its Chinese counterpart, denied there was any danger. Soleus’ own investigations later confirmed a design error had resulted from the use of substandard materials in the manufacturing process. The two companies are now embroiled in a legal battle following allegations that Gree set out to damage Soleus’ reputation and finances after the company pulled the dehumidifiers from the market over safety concerns..