JC Penney BBQ Grills Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 5,600 Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills, imported by JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas, have been recalled for <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The drip pan on the Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. To date, the firm has received 11 reports of fires resulting from inadequate drainage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Cooks® brand outdoor BBQ grills. The grill has a digital thermometer on the hood, a stainless steel top, and a global LP regulator. Lot number 780-2176 is printed on the underside of the grill’s stand.

The recalled Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills were manufactured in China and sold exclusively at JCPenney stores nationwide and online at www.jcp.com from February 2009 through September 2009 for between $190 and $600.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled grills. To ensure the grills are not useable, consumers should remove the gas regulator and hose assembly. All consumers—whether they purchased the item online or at a JCPenney retail store—should return the regulator and hose to the Catalog/Customer Service Desk at any JCPenney store for a full refund. Consumers should contact JCPenney for instructions on how to disconnect the gas regulator and hose. JCPenney can be reached toll-free at 1-888-333-6063 anytime of at the firm’s Web site at www.jcp.com.

Meanwhile, we have been following the issue of defective and, sometimes, dangerous imports making their way into this country from China. The recalled Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills, imported by JCPenney Purchasing Corp. were manufactured in China and are just one of many recalls and issues concerning defective products, food, and medicines imported into this country from China. Such defective imports have been making headlines in recent years and the recalled Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills is just another one of many such issues.

In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin were found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant health risks. Also making news is the ongoing and massive Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.

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