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Vermont Castings Five-Burner Barbeque Grills

November 10, 2004
CFM Corporation is rcalling about 12,500 five-burner Vermont Castings barbeque grills because of a gas leak and fire hazard.

The burner tubes may not fit fully into the gas valves. If a consumer pulls on the console, the metal may flex and the gas valves may disconnect from the burners, releasing gas and creating a fire risk that could cause injury and property damage.

CFM Corporation has received 38 reports involving gas leaks. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The recalled grills have five burners and a label on the back of the cabinet with the model number on the left side. Models CF9086 and VCS5000 are equipped with a side burner. Model CF9085 is not equipped with a side burner. Grills that do not have five burners and grills sold before 2004 are not affected by this recall. All of the affected grills were listed by Canadian Standards Association.

Model VCS5000 barbeque grills were sold at Vermont Castings dealers and distributors in Canada and the U.S. from January 2004 through September 2004 for between $899 and $1249. Models CF9085 and CF9086 were sold at The Home Depot in Canada and the U.S. from January 2004 through September 2004 for between $899 and $1249.

Remedy: Home repair. Stop using the grill and immediately contact CFM Corporation toll-free at (866) 333-4833 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firms Web site at www.cfmcorp.com to schedule a free, in-home repair or to make arrangements to receive a consumer-installed safety retrofit kit. CFM Corporation has already notified known purchasers about this recall.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



Vermont Castings Five-Burner Barbeque Grills...

Beefmaster Explorer Outdoor Gas Grill

October 21, 2004
Nexgrill Industries is recalling the Beefmaster Explorer Outdoor Gas Grill model number 720-0001 because of a problem with the gas valve.

As consumers adjust the gas pressure regulator (on/off gauge) leading to the propane cylinder, the label on the valve can become positioned in such a manner that it is difficult to read. This can cause consumers to inadvertently leave the gas valve on, posing a fire hazard.

Nexgrill has received two reports of consumers leaving the gas valve on. No injuries or property damage has been reported.

This recall involves the Beefmaster Explorer Outdoor Gas Grill Model Number 720-0001. The table top grill is made of stainless steel and is used with a disposable propane cylinder, which is purchased separately. Each grill has one main burner and a cooking grid that sits over the burner. Model numbers are located on the back panel of the grill. The brand name Nexgrill is on a plate on the grill lid.

The grills were sold at Academy, Bar-B-Que Galore, Crate & Barrel, Home Town and discount department stores nationwide. Crate & Barrel also sold the grills through their catalog and at www.crateandbarrel.com. The grills were sold from January 2002 through June 2003 for about $100.

Consumers should contact Nexgrill to obtain a free replacement gauge. Consumers can also return the product to the company for installation of the replacement gauge at no charge. In addition, Crate & Barrel customers should contact Crate & Barrel to obtain a free replacement gauge or to make arrangements to return the product to the company for installation of the replacement gauge at no charge.

Consumer Contact: Contact Nexgrill toll-free at (800) 913-8999 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or email to info@nexgrill.com. Crate & Barrel customers should contact Crate & Barrel toll-free at (800) 451-8217 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT daily or at www.crateandbarrel.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



Beefmaster Explorer Outdoor Gas Grill...

Char-Broil Gas Grills Recalled

March 10, 2004
Char-Broil is recalling several models of its gas cooking grills. If moisture gets inside the grills' temperature gauge, the glass cover on the gauge can break, posing a risk of injury to people nearby.

Char-Broil is aware of at least 30 reports of the gauges breaking, including 12 incidents of consumers who reported minor injuries.

The products involved in this recall are outdoor gas barbeque grills. The recall includes three types of grills: The Commercial Series, Professional Series and Stainless Steel Series. The specific component involved in the recall is the temperature gauge mounted on the grill lid. The Commercial Series models are constructed from both painted metal and Stainless Steel. The Professional Series and Stainless Steel Series models are Stainless Steel construction.

  • The Commercial Series gas grills have model numbers 4632210, 4632215, 463221503 and 463231503. These grills are sold with three main burners, with or without a side burner, and either a metal front panel or a cabinet with doors.
  • The Professional Series gas grills have model numbers 4632235, 4632236, 4632240 and 4632241. These grills are sold as LP or natural gas, three or four main burners, with or without a side burner, and a cabinet with doors.
  • The Stainless Steel Series by Char-Broil gas grill has model number 4632220. This grill is sold with three main burners and an open Stainless Steel Cart.
The grill model number is located on a label on the back panel of the storage cart. Char-Broil grills with model numbers other than those identified above are not included in this recall.

The grills were sold at hardware, home improvement, appliance stores and specialty dealers nationwide. The Commercial Series grills sold from January 2002 through November 2003 for between $450 and $500; the Professional Series grills sold from February 2002 through November 2003 for between $800 and $1,000; and the Stainless Steel Series grills sold from January 2002 through May 2003 for $700.

Contact Char-Broil to receive a free replacement temperature gauge. Consumers should not use the grill until the replacement gauge has been installed.

Consumer Contact: Call the Char-Broil Grill Service Center toll-free at (866) 239-6769 anytime.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Char-Broil Gas Grills Recalled...

Gas Grills Recalled to Fix Temp Gauges

February 19, 2004
Grand Hall Enterprises of Taiwan is recalling 162,000 gas grills sold in the U.S. under the Bakers & Chefs, Members Mark and Kenmore brand names.

If moisture gets inside the temperature gauge, the glass cover on the gauge can break, posing a risk of injury to people nearby. There have been eight reports of such incidents, two of which resulted in minor injuries.

The recall includes Bakers & Chefs grills with model numbers Y0655 and Y0656; Members Mark grills with model number Y0660; and Kenmore grills with model numbers 15221 and 15223. The model number can be located on a silver ID tag on the back or side of the grill head.

The recalled grills are stainless steel construction or painted steel and have the brand name on the front control panel or on the grill lid. The Bakers & Chefs grills have two casters, two wheels and two side shelves. The Members Mark grill has four casters, two side shelves and a side burner. The Kenmore grills have four casters.

The grills were sold at Sam's Club and Sears stores nationwide from April 2001 through December 2002. The Members Mark grills sold for about $1,500. The other grills sold for between $249 and $299.


Kenmore Model # 15221 & 15223, sold at Sears


Bakers & Chefs Model # Y0655 & Y0656, Sold at Sam's Club


Members Mark Model # Y0660

Owners of the recalled grills will receive a free repair kit or replacement temperature gauge directly from the company. The repair kit will consist of a Glass-Gard protective film and instructions on how to place the film on the glass covering of the gauge. Testing confirms that the glass does not explode when the Glass-Gard is in place. Consumers should not use the grill until the Glass-Gard has been installed in accordance with the instructions.

Consumers who have not received a repair kit or need assistance performing the repair should call Grand Hall at (888) 735- 5709 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on the Grand Hall Web site at www.grandhall.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Gas Grills Recalled to Fix Temp Gauges...

Member's Mark Gas Grills Recalled

September 25, 2003

About 50,000 "Member's Mark" gas grills sold by SAM's CLUB stores are being recalled because the bottom edge on the front control panel is sharp and can cause lacerations to the hands.

The units were manufactured by Grand Hall Enterprise Co. Ltd., of Taiwan. Grand Hall has received four reports of consumers who sustained cuts or lacerations on their hands, while trying to move the grill or reaching under the control panel.

The recalled grills have a stainless steel construction and have the name Members Mark on the front control panel. The grill has four caster wheels, a side shelf, and a side burner. Only units with model number Y0005XC-2 are included in the recall. The model number can be located on a silver ID tag on the back of the grill head.

SAMS CLUB stores sold these grills exclusively from August 2000 through December 2001 for about $600.

Consumers should avoid contact with the bottom edge of the grill until it is repaired. Grand Hall will mail repair kits directly to all grill owners.

Consumers who have not received a repair kit should call Grand Hall at (888) 735-5709 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Member's Mark Gas Grills Recalled...

Avoid Deadly Grilling Dangers

WASHINGTON, July 1, 1999 -- As consumers get ready to fire up their grills this Independence Day weekend, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is releasing safety tips for using charcoal and gas grills, and reminding consumers of two recalls of gas grills.

In November 1998, CPSC and Sunbeam Products Inc. recalled for repair about 80,000 Grillmaster gas grills with side burners. The side burner's propane gas hose on these grills can twist up toward the aluminum casting of the grill, causing overheating and melting of the hose. Gas leakage or a fire could result from the hose damage. To get a free repair kit or for more information, call Sunbeam toll-free at (888) 892-8150 anytime.

In May 1999, CPSC and Kmart announced a recall of about 40,000 Tru-Burn Portable LP Gas Grills because their burner manifolds can separate during use and ignite nearby combustibles. For more information, call Kmart toll-free at (800) 63KMART anytime.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips



Each year, there are about 20 deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and more than 300 emergency room treated injuries from CO poisoning resulting from charcoal grills. Charcoal produces CO when burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. To reduce these CO poisonings, CPSC is offering the following safety tips:
  • Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers.
  • Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
  • Since charcoal produces CO until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Gas Grill Safety Tips



Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is extremely flammable. Each year more than 500 fires occur when people use gas grills and about 20 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container.

To reduce these risks, consumers should:

  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease.
  • Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
  • Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
  • Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
  • If you detect a gas leak, immediately turn off the gas at the tank and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.
  • Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • When lighting the grill, keep the top open. If the grill does not light in first several attempts, wait 5 minutes to allow gas to dissipate.
  • Never attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.
  • Use caution when storing LP gas containers. Always keep containers upright. Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill. Never store a full container indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • To avoid incidents while transporting LP gas containers, consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, causing the relief valve to open and allowing gas to escape.

CPSC worked with the industry to develop a new voluntary standard to prevent LP gas leaks. Grills meeting this standard will shut themselves off if a gas leak occurs.


Avoid Deadly Grilling Dangers...