25,000 BBQ grills recalled over fire hazard
Improper assembly at root of problem
Last Updated: Monday, July 27, 2009
Some 25,000 Blue Ember outdoor barbecues have been recalled after users across North America reported several grill fires, some of which caused nine injuries, including two cases of major burns.
The recall covers liquid propane and natural gas outdoor barbecue grills with the words "Blue Ember" printed on the hood. The affected barbecues are cabinet-style grills that come in two colour combinations — silver and black, and silver and grey.
Health Canada said in a release that if the affected grills are not assembled properly, the burner hose could be exposed to excessive heat, posing a possible fire and burn hazard.
The importer, Fiesta Barbeques of Brampton, Ont., is voluntarily recalling the barbecues in co-operation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.
Only grills that have certain model numbers (FG50045, FG50057, FG50069, C1072-30744, C1072-30754) and have the serial numbers indicated below are affected.
Serial numbers Serial numbers Serial numbers
06000003-06000258 07026461-07029020 07054209-07055232
06000273-06001552 07031581-07031780 07057025-07057152
06001568-06001623 07039133-07039260 07063581-07064220
06001749-06002004 07039965-07040220 07060809-07062216
06002017-06006184 07042333-07042410 07062345-07062394
06006845-06006972 07043113-07043200 07074317-07074572
06007101-06008636 07046826-07048617 07074829-07075212
06008765-06009660 07048978-07049361 07087237-07089106
Consumers have reported 31 instances of grill fires in Canada associated with the use of the barbecues. Health Canada says 15 of these incidents were "possibly related" to the hazard involving the grease pan. There have been no reports of resulting injuries.
In the United States, there have been 161 reports of grill fires resulting in nine injuries, "including two incidents of major burns on different parts of the body, six incidents of minor burns, and one incident involving temporary hearing loss," said Health Canada.
Health Canada has advised users to immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact Fiesta to receive a free new grease pan and assembly instructions.
"Consumers are also advised to not use the grill until the new grease pan assembly has been installed," Health Canada says. "Consumers should also inspect the gas burner hose and regulator, which will be replaced free of charge if there are signs of damage."
Around 25,366 affected grills were sold at a number of retailers (including Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, The Brick Warehouse, and A & P Canada stores) nationwide between November 2006 and May 2009.
The grills are manufactured in China. For more information, people can contact Fiesta by phone at 1-866-956-0396 or visit the Blue Ember website.
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