July 19, 2002Wal-Mart Has Recalled Red Devil Gas
Grills Sold at Wal-Mart
- Wal-Mart Stores has recalled
about 60,000 Red
Devil gas grills sold at Wal-Mart. About 155,000 of these grills were
manufactured by e4L Inc., of Encino, Calif., and Quantum North America Inc.,
of Encino, Calif. Because the manufacturer is out of business, CPSC issued a
warning about these grills in May 2002.
The product's design allows consumers to light the grill at an air intake
tube, instead of at the burner. Though the grill appears to function
normally, gas inside the air intake tube ignites. The tube can reach
temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and present a burn hazard to
consumers. In some earlier grills, the heat produced by lighting the grill
at the air intake tube damaged the plastic support piece and caused the
grill to fall to the ground. When it collapses, flames from the grill can
burn nearby consumers and ignite surrounding combustibles.
There have been 44 reports of consumers suffering burns to legs, hands and
fingers, including reports of some third degree burns, after the grills
collapsed during use. More than 1,000 consumers returned their grills to the
manufacturer because the grills collapsed. There have been no reports of
incidents or injuries involving these grills sold by Wal-Mart.
These red metal gas grills have a tripod stand. They have a logo on the
label of the lid and grill base showing a devil cooking at a grill with the
writing, "Red Devil." The lid also reads "The Portable Outdoor Kitchen." The
black plastic base, above the tripod, reads "QUANTUM HOMEWARES." Components
sold with the grill include a heat plate, an oversized skillet with handles,
a table-safe serving trivet, and carrying totes. They were manufactured in
Quantum and e4L sold these grills directly to consumers through television
infomercials from about May 1998 through January 1999 for about $160. This
recall only includes grills sold at Wal-Mart.