About 18,450 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smokers are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately, unless otherwise instructed and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recalled Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smokers were manufactured in China by Ningbo Spring Communications of China and imported by Char-Broil LLC, of Columbus, Georgia.
When the temperature setting is on “low,” the smoker’s hose/valve/regulator (HVR) assembly does not allow sufficient gas to 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, posing an injury hazard.
To date, the company has received five reports of doors bursting open and hitting consumers. Injuries reported include burns to the face and head, head concussion, and cuts.
This recall involves the Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smokers with model number 07701413, which is printed on a metal tag located on the right, rear leg of the smoker. The smoker measures 21.5 inches by 19.5 inches by 45.5 inches and weighs 75 pounds. A “G” inside a triangle is printed on the regulator.
The recalled Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smokers were sold at Walmart and various other retailers nationwide from March 2008 through June 2010 for about $140.
The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smokers and contact Char-Broil for a free replacement hose/valve/regulator assembly and installation instructions. Char-Broil can be reached toll-free at (866) 671-7988 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at www.charbroil.com