The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of nearly 10,000 Master Forge Five-Burner Gas Grills, and requests that consumers who have purchased any models of this propane grill to stop using it immediately until they have contacted the manufacturer and obtained the free repair kit. The model number in question is L3218.
The grills are manufactured by the Chinese company Sagittarius Sporting Goods, and are imported by LG Sourcing, Inc. of North Wilksboro, North Carolina. The models affected by the recall were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores across the U.S. between September and November 2009 for approximately $500. The grills are stainless steel and have the brand name “Master Forge” on the hood of the grill. The model number can also be located inside the left front door of the grill.
The reason for the recall is a flexible rubber hose on the gas tank that can potentially come into contact with the grill’s burner box, causing the hose to melt or burst when the grill has been ignited. This contact and melting can pose a very serious fire and burn threat to consumers. The CPSC and Sagittarius are currently aware of two reported cases of hoses melting and rupturing, while no injuries or property damage have been reported.
Sagittarius, LG, and the CPSC urge consumers who have purchased this model grill to immediately stop using it and contact Sagittarius for the free repair kit. Representatives of Sagittarius can be reached at (800) 444-6742 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern during Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays.
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