Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-127
Char-Broil Offers Free Kit For Charcoal
Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Char-Broil, of Columbus, Ga., announced today a
program to give the owners of "Char- Broil" brand charcoal water smokers a kit
to close a hole in the charcoal pan to reduce a fire risk.
Approximately 80,000 Char-Broil brand charcoal water smokers sold since March 1993 have a
hole in the exposed charcoal pan that can cause a fire if used over a flammable surface
like a wooden deck. Using the smoker over a flammable surface is contrary to current
warnings and instructions included with the Char-Broil smokers.
According to Char-Broil, charcoal water smokers typically have a charcoal pan with a hole
in it, a water pan in the middle of the unit, and grills for food above the water pan and
at the top. CPSC is investigating other brands of charcoal water smokers that may present
a similar risk of fire. CPSC views all charcoal water smokers, which have exposed charcoal
pans with holes that may allow coals to fall out, as a potential fire risk. CPSC, which is
seeking corrective actions against other companies, will announce these actions at the
earliest possible time.
Although Char-Broil has not received any reports of fires with its smokers to date, the
company is participating in this program to help prevent the possibility of fires.
The recalled smokers were sold nationwide in mass market retail stores for $29 to $39
each. They are red or black and are labeled "Char-Broil H2O Smoker" on the body
of the smoker. Only smokers that have a hole in the exposed charcoal pan are involved in
Call Char-Broil at (800) 241-8981 for a free kit to close the hole in the pan. To help
reduce the risk of fire even after the hole is closed, do not operate the charcoal water
smoker on or near flammable surfaces.
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