Burn & Fire Hazard Caused By Defective Design of Chinese-Manufactured Gas Grill Leads To Massive Product Recall
7/24/2009As reported in our news section, earlier this week, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, in a joint announcement with its sister organization, Health Canada, announced that nearly 90,000 gas grills were recalled after they had collectively received a whopping 161 reports of fires, burn injuries, and other assorted personal injuries, including loss of hearing, due to the defective design of these Chinese-made grills. And these complaints were all logged in less than 3 years.
Apparently, the fire hazard with this particular product, the Blue Ember Gas Grill, is that the gas tank's hose is set too close to the firebox.
In analyzing this news story, two questions immediately come to mind - and its not the first time we've raised these issues (see "CPSC's Recall of (Yet Another) Defective Crib Raises Questions About Recall System in General"):
- Why did it take so many reports of grill fires before this latest round of the recall became effective?; and,
- Why didn't the first round of recalls of this product in 2008 solve this problem?
The fact that these questions need to be asked is certainly troubling.
Category: Defective Products
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