Char-Broil smokers recalled after burn injuries reported
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Char-Broil smokers recalled after burn injuries reported

Sunday, September 12, 2010By Richard Alexander
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Char-Broil, has announced a voluntary recall of Char-Broil vertical gas smokers. The gas smokers are manufactured by Ningbo Spring Communications of China.

The report from the CPSC indicates that when the temperature setting is in “low,” the smoker’s hose/valve/regulator (HVR) assembly does not allow sufficient gas flow, causing the flame to extinguish. Gas continues to flow and build up inside the smoker. If the smoker is reignited the build-up of propane gas can cause an explosion that bursts the smoker’s door open, potentially causing serious burn and head injuries to the user.

At the time of this publication the company has received five reports of injuries including burns injuries to face and head, head injuries such as concussion and cuts.

This recall involves the Char-Broil vertical gas smokers with model number 07701413. The model number is printed on a metal tag located on the right rear leg of the smoker. The smoker measures 21.5? x 19.5? x 45.5? and weighs 75 pounds. A “G” inside a triangle is printed on the regulator.  The gas smokers were sold at Walmart and other retailers nationwide from March 2008 through June 2010.

Consumers should stop the recalled smokers and contact Char-Broil for a free replacement hose/valve/regulator assembly and installation instructions. For additional information, contact Char-Broil toll-free at (866) 671-7988 between 8 am and 6pm ET Monday-Friday.

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