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Recall: Char-Broil vertical gas smokers

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On 2010-08-24, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Char-Broil vertical gas smokers due to a potential injury and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in March 2008 for about $140.

About 20,000 units are involved in this Char-Broil grill recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 3rd recall of products in the Grills & Smokers category in 2010. Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls, involving about 2 million product units.

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Char-Broil vertical gas smokers
Image of Recalled gas smoker 306595
Image of Recalled Regulator with a "G" 933074
Image of Recalled Side view of regulator 892475
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Company Contact Information:

Website: www.charbroil.com
Phone: (866) 671-7988

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What is the problem?

When the temperature setting is in "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.

Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

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 (see photo).

These items were sold new+ at Walmart and various other retailers nationwide from March 2008 through June 2010 for about $140.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using 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 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.charbroil.com

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

The company has received five reports of doors bursting open and hitting consumers. Injuries reported include burns to face and head, head concussion and cuts.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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Sources may include: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and companies involved with this or a related recall.