Thursday, 5 November 2009

Urgent warning on dangerous gas cookers

An urgent appeal has been issued today to thousands of consumers who remain at risk from potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes despite concerted efforts by manufacturers and UK wide Trading Standards departments to reach them.

Earlier this year it emerged that a number of Leisure, Flavel, New World and Belling cookers produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide if the grill door is not left open during use, as specified in the instructions.

Since then nearly 40,000 of these appliances sold have been tracked down. However more than 25,000 homes still have one of these cookers, which could produce extremely dangerous
levels of carbon monoxide should the grill be operated with the door closed. Of these, only 12,000 are known to the manufacturers.

Cardiff Trading Standards is supporting the manufacturers' plea for consumers to respond to this alert by checking the make and model of their cooker - the safety risk can be easily eliminated from the affected appliances by an engineer with a simple modification.

Councillor Judith Woodman,
Cardiff Council Executive Member for Communities said: "We are urging consumers, including landlords and letting agents, to check the brand and model of
their cooker today as there is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is made worse now with the weather turning cold as there is less ventilation and people are keeping their windows and doors closed to keep the cold out."

"Anyone who might have one of these cookers should immediately contact the manufacturers and arrange for a free modification."

The freephone number to call is 0800 342 3049.

AFFECTED MODELS

BELLING G755 WHITE
BELLING G755 ANTHRACITE
BELLING GT755 WHITE/ANTHRACITE
BELLING COUNTRY CHEF 100G SILVER
BELLING COUNTRY CHEF 100G ANTHRACITE
Leisure AL6NDW
Leisure CM10NRK
Leisure CM10NRC
Leisure CM101NRCP
Leisure CM101NRKP
Flavel AP5LDW
Flavel DCGAP5LS
Flavel Milano ML5NDS

For further information on consumer issues contact Consumer Direct Wales on 08454 04 05 06 or 08454 04 05 05 for a Welsh speaking operator.

1 comment:

  1. 4My range cooker from rangemaster worth every penny. I wanted so much a black gas range cooker and now I have it. I can finally say that I am a happy cook.

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