On May 14th 2016 product supplier AHM issued an urgent recall for their twin burner butane stove.
The recall affects portable two burner butane stoves sold in the Australian market through various retailers.
What models are affected?
Check the model code and AGA certification number on the data label on the back right of the cooker. Stoves included in this recall are marked with model codes CM2220, CM2220RW, CM2220SP under Campmaster brand, FT2220, FT2220RW, FT2220SP under Festiva brand, AN2220, AN2220RW, AN2220SP under Spinifex brand, WC2220, WC2220RW under Wild Country brand and OZ2220 or OZ2220RW under Oztrail brand. All affected models will also carry AGA certification No 8221.
What are the defects?
In these models, certain components such as O-rings or seals may be defective. The other defect may include misalignment of the gas cartridge.
What are the hazards?
If the defect occurs, there is risk of a gas leak that could lead to a fire.
Where were they sold?
Masters, Woolworths, Big W, Anaconda, SuperCheap Auto, BCF, Rays Outdoors and Oztrail.
What should you do?
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and return the stove to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The butane gas stove saga continues!
This recall follows on from over 12 months of problems related to butane gas stoves in Australia.
In March last year we first reported that the NSW Office Of Fair Trading had banned the sale of all butane gas stoves in NSW due to a fault that had caused several explosions and the death of a man in has caravan annex in Casino, NSW.
This ban quickly rolled out to the entire country and for several months you couldn’t buy a new butane stove off the shelf from retailers.
At the time NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe urged consumers to dispose of any currently in use which was met with mixed response from butane stove owners.
While many people felt that safety was the best policy, others were not so sure, like Susan Pridham who commented on my article:
"I have owned 4 of these for 4 years and have never had any trouble what so ever with them they are the best things I’ve ever bought they are sturdy, compact, durable, trustworthy and safe i’m not parting with any of them”.
In August last year, Gasmate released new updated and compliant stoves back into the market and other suppliers have subsequently followed.
However the legacy of the old stoves continued and in March 2016, almost a year to the day since the stoves were first banned, new safety warnings were issued by the Queensland Government following two cooker explosions in far north Queensland.
Owners of stoves bought before July 2015 were once again urged to dispose of them and buy new stoves which are compliant.
This latest recall by AHM of twin burner stoves is yet another chapter in the story and my guess is that it won’t be the last.