October 8, 2002Value City Has Recalled Red
Devil Gas Grills
- Value City Department Stores Inc. / Schottenstein Stores has recalled
about 10,800 Red Devil gas grills sold at Value City and Schottenstein
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 grills manufactured before August 1998, 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
manufacturers because the grills collapsed. There has been one incident
reported by Value City and Schottenstein Stores customers.
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."
Components sold with the grill include a heat plate, an oversized skillet
with handles, a table-safe serving trivet, and carrying totes.
Value City and Schottenstein stores sold these grills from about April 2000
through July 2002 for about $60. CPSC urges consumers to stop using these
grills immediately. Consumers who purchased Red Devil gas grills from Value
City or Schottenstein stores can return it to the store for a store credit.
For more information, consumers can call Value City Customer Service at
(888) 278-6370 anytime, or visit the firm's web site at www.valuecity.com.
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. Additional Red Devil gas grills were manufactured by Cadac, of
Roodepoort, South Africa, but also are included in the recall.
CPSC sued e4L Inc. and Quantum North America Inc. to obtain a recall, and an
administrative law judge granted CPSC a default judgment when these
manufacturers failed to appear. The firms are liquidating their assets under
The Home Shopping Network (HSN), QVC, and Wal-Mart previously notified their
customers about the hazard these grills pose, and provided a remedy. Since
Quantum and e4L have declared bankruptcy, there is no remedy available for
grills bought from retailers other than HSN, QVC, Wal-Mart, Value City and
Schottenstein stores. Consumers who purchased their Red Devil Gas Grills
from another retailer, should contact the retailer. If that retailer does
not provide a refund, repair or replacement for the grill, consumers should
contact CPSC at (800) 638-2772 anytime. Additionally, consumers who are
aware of any incidents with these grills or who want additional information
also should contact CPSC.
About 19,300 of these grills, sold directly by e4L, were recalled in July
1998 because the burners could disconnect from the burner pan. The firm
received 21 reports of the burners on these grills disconnecting and one
consumer suffered burns. Even if consumers participated in this previous
recall program, they should stop using these grills since this warning
addresses a different hazard.