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June 8, 1995

Release # 95-131
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Meco Corp. Announce Free Fix Kit For Smoker Grills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Meco Corporation of Greeneville, Tenn., announced today a program to give owners of Meco brand charcoal smokers a kit to reduce the risk of fire from hot coals falling through a hole in the bottom of the pan.

The kits fit Meco Smokers and Grills with the model numbers 5022-3, 5024-2, and 5025-2. Model 5022-3 is red or black painted steel. Model 5024-2 has a stainless steel body with a black hood. Model 5025-2 has a stainless steel body and hood. Each of the Meco charcoal water smokers has a black charcoal pan with a hole in it, a metal water pan in the middle of the unit, and grills for food at the top of the unit. Since 1983, Meco has sold about 253,000 of these smokers nationwide through wholesalers and retailers, including many mass merchandisers, from about $75 to $180 each.

The company is voluntarily participating in this program to help prevent the possibility of fires. Using the smoker over a flammable surface is contrary to current warnings and instructions included with the Meco smokers.

Consumers should call Meco Corporation at (800)251-7558 for a free kit to close the hole in the pan. To help reduce the risk of fire, consumers should never operate charcoal water smokers on or near flammable surfaces, even after the hole in the pan is closed.

CPSC is investigating other brands of charcoal water smokers that may present a similar fire risk. CPSC views all charcoal water smokers, which have exposed charcoal pans with holes that can allow coals to fall out, as a potential fire risk.

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