The CPSC and the Coleman Company, Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, have recalled about 124,000 Coleman® Gas Grills and about 6,200 Coleman® Patio Heaters because the regulators on these can leak propane when the propane cylinder is turned on and the product is not in use, posing a serious fire or explosion hazard to consumers.
The regulators on these products were manufactured in China by TPA Metals and Machinery of China and sold at Lowes, Expo Design Centers and various pool and patio retailers nationwide.
The grills were sold from January 2004 through July 2005 for between $270 and $1,260, while the patio heaters were sold from June 2004 through July 2005 for between $500 and $600.
Coleman voluntarily recalled the products after the company received 98 reports of the regulators leaking propane. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage to date.
Consumers should stop using the grills and heaters immediately and contact Coleman for a free replacement regulator assembly. Once the regulator is replaced, the grill or heater may be used.
The recall includes Coleman® Gas Grills with model numbers 5100, 5300, 5400, 5600, 6000 and 7700, and Coleman® Patio Heaters with model number 5040. The model name and number can be found directly on the front of the grills and on the inside cover of the heaters.
For more information on the recall, please contact the Coleman Company, Inc. toll-free at (866) 584-8587 anytime, or log on to the company’s Web site at www.coleman.com. The CPSC hotline is 800-638-2772.