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Public warning on portable butane 'lunchbox' cookers
Update 7 October 2019: This warning is now out-of-date because the six listed models of gas cookers are compliant. While there are no issues with current models and it is unlikely people would still have the ones subject to a recall in 2015, anyone who does have an older version (pre March 2015) of any of the six listed models would still need to heed the warning. Please note, restrictions put in place at the time of the warning, such as butane stoves being banned from certain grounds or events, may still be in force.
EnergySafety and Consumer Protection have issued a joint public warning to consumers not to buy or use portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety concerns.
Director of EnergySafety Ken Bowron recommends consumers not to buy these types of portable cookers or, if they have already been purchased, discontinue their use immediately.
“There is a serious risk of overheating and explosion which can cause injury or spark a fire, prompting us to take urgent action,” Mr Bowron said.
“Compliance certification for all current models of ‘lunchbox’ type gas cookers has been suspended by the independent safety certifiers and cookers of this type can no longer be sold lawfully in Western Australia,” Mr Bowron said
“All 31 models of butane gas cookers have been withdrawn from sale as they do not meet Australian Standards. Retailers in Western Australia should no longer be stocking or selling these products.
“Six of those models are regarded as unsafe due to a fault with the cookers’ shut-off valves, posing a risk that the devices may overheat and explode.”
These six models are prohibited from sale and must not be used:
- Auscrown (model number AD90)
- Campmaster (model number CM2250)
- Gasmate (model number PC2080)
- Home Essentials (model number BDZ-168)
- Illusion (model number U-Bute)
- Oztrail (model number OZ2160)
“If you have one of these six models, you must not use this cooker. If you own one of the other models, please check the manufacturer’s operating instructions and read them carefully before use. Ensure that you do not use an oversized pot or pan which can add additional heat to the gas canisters,” Mr Bowron added.
A list of all 31 butane gas cookers that have been withdrawn from sale is available on EnergySafety’s website at www.energysafety.wa.gov.au.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the cookers have become popular for use in camping and caravanning as they are inexpensive, lightweight and portable.
“If these products malfunction they can potentially cause serious injuries and I’d encourage people to stop using them,” Ms Driscoll said.
“The cookers should be disposed of in a safe manner, with the butane cylinders disposed of through an appropriate community waste or recycling centre.
“Consumers who have purchased a non-compliant gas cooker and have proof of the purchase can return the product to their retailer and seek a refund of the full purchase price under Australian Consumer Law.”
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For more information on consumer rights, contact Consumer Protection by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 30 40 54.
EnergySafety (6251 1900) can assist with any technical queries related to gas safety.
Caroline De Vaney – EnergySafety
6251 2363 or 0408 927 563
Alan Hynd – Consumer Protection
9282 0961 or 0429 078 791
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