August 15, 2002Cavagna Has Recalled Safety Relief Valves
for Large Propane Tanks
- Cavagna North America Inc. has recalled
about 6,100 safety relief valves manufactured by Omeca, of Bresia, Italy.
These valves, imported by Cavagna, are designed to relieve excess pressure
in large propane tanks, typically the 500- to 1,000-gallon size. The
recalled valves can have sharp internal edges that can cut into gasket seals
in the valves, causing a propane gas leak. This poses a risk of fire or burn
Cavagna has received 18 reports of leaking valves. No fires or injuries have
The valves, model 66-1031, are approximately 7-inches long. Writing on the
valve reads "OMECA 66-1031." Only valves that contain year and batch codes
of "99.02," "99.16," "99.27," or "99.28" are included in the recall. The
valves from these batch codes were installed on tanks that were refurbished
or manufactured after May 1999.
The valves were sold to propane processors and distributors nationwide from
May 1999 through May 2002 for between $10 and $15.
LP distributors, LP tank owners and propane gas users with recalled valves
should immediately contact Cavagna to schedule an appointment to have the
safety relief valve replaced at no charge. For more information, contact
Cavagna toll-free at (866) 422-8246 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday