ACCC Recalls Portable Butane Cookers

The ACCC has announced the start of Product Safety Recalls for portable butane stove cookers. 

This move follows the “Stop Sale” actions taken by the States and Territories, in accordance with the suspension of their compliance certification. 

Gas regulators have identified that some models are unsafe and should be recalled. 

These models fail the overpressure tests so there is a risk that the cookers may explode if they overheat. 

In addition, the risk of overheating increases if the product is not used according the manufacturer's directions and specifications.

The affected models are listed below. 

Some recalls have already occurred. 

It is anticipated that product safety recalls for the remaining affected models will be in place over the coming days and weeks.

What are Portable Butane Stoves?

ACCC Recall of Portable Butane Stove CookersPortable butane stove cookers are small single and double burner stove tops powered by butane cartridges.   They usually weigh about 2kg and are typically transported in a small plastic carrying case.

The portability of these units makes them very popular with campers, caravaners and 4WD enthusiasts.  They typically sold for under $30.

Disposable Butane Cartridges

The 220g disposable butane cartridges simply slide into the unit and are locked in place.  Many of these cartridges are now equipped with a Countersink Release Vent (CRV).  The CRV is a safety feature that is designed into the cartridge to allow the release of some gas in an over pressure situation, as would occur when exposed to excess heat.  This helps to eliminate any risk of explosion. 

Empty butane cartridges should be disposed of properly.  Community recycling centres are the best place to take any empties.

Why is the ACCC Recalling Butane Cookers

The ACCC believes that this type of cooker poses a safety hazard.  Testing has found a fault with the cookers’ shut-off valves.  This creates a risk that the units may overheat and could possibly explode.  There have been reports of incidents, including some involving injuries, across Australia.

The recalls will affect all of the units shown on the list below.

What if it's Not on the List?

The list mostly includes models that are currently available.  This does NOT mean that older models are any safer.  The ACCC recommends that you stop using older models, as well.

What if I Already Own One?

The ACCC recommends that consumers who already have these units should refrain from using them immediately.  The units should be returned to the manufacturers, as per the details on their respective recall notices.

Consumer who have been using these successfully for many years may be reluctant to stop using them.  If you choose to ignore the ACCC recall and warnings, at least be on the lookout for any unusual functioning of the unit, including abnormal heat build-up in the base. 

You should also avoid using the unit in any way that will trap heat.  So, do not use oversized pans or large grill plates.  The pot or pan should not overhang the butane cartridge area. 

Never use any aluminium foil on or around the burners or on any part of the unit.  Try to always allow for adequate air flow over the top and sides of the unit.  Never use the unit with heat beads. 

Use on very hot days should also be avoided.  Do not place the unit on any hot surface, like a metal table, ute tailgate or asphalt in the sun.  Avoid direct exposure to the sun.

Danger - Do Not Use Recalled Butane StovesYou should stop using the unit immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary.  Also, you may wish to buy the CRV style cartridges for a bit more safety protection.

Finally, make sure you carefully reconsider your decision to ignore the recall and warnings.  We strongly recommend that you heed the warnings and stop using any affected units.

Update 8 September 2017

Kmart Australia Ltd has recalled its 'Active & Co' and 'Jackeroo' Portable Single Burner Butane Gas Stove.

Kmart Australia Ltd — Active & Co Portable Single Burner Butane Gas Stove PL-222

The product recall (PDF download) was effective as of 8 September 2017.

It is a portable single burner butane gas stove Model no. PL-222 and has IAPMO Certification no. GMK10262.

Gas leakage may occur while the product is in use.

If the defect occurs during use there is a possibility of fire or explosion.

Customers should cease using this product immediately and return it to any Kmart store for a full refund.

For further information consumers can contact Kmart Customer Service on 1800 124 125 Monday - Friday between 7am and 7pm or go to www.kmart.com.au

Update 24 March 2016

A new recall was issued today for a different problem affecting these models:

Product description:
PLU381985 Campmaster Dual Burner Butane Stove
PLU382590 Wildcountry Dual Burner Butane Stove

Identifying features:
Campmaster brand will have model No. CM2220RW or CM2220
Wildcountry brand will have model No. WC2220RW or WC2220
All affected brands will also carry AGA certification No 8221

In these models, certain components such as O-rings and control knobs have failed.

If the defect occurs, there is a risk of gas leaking and fire.

Supplier is AHM Ltd.

Update 13 May 2016

AHM Ltd—Twin Portable Butane Stove - 2 Burner Butane Stove

A new recall was issued today for a different problem affecting these models:

Campmaster CM2220, CM2220RW, CM2220SP

Festiva FT2220, FT2220RW, FT2220SP

Spinifex AN2220, AN2220RW, AN2220SP

Wild Country WC2220, WC2220RW

Oztrail OZ2220 or OZ2220RW

All affected models will also carry AGA certification No 8221.

Certain components, such as O-rings or seals, may be defective. The other defect may include misalignment of the gas cartridge.

What should consumers do?

Stop using the product immediately and return the stove to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Once returned to the place of purchase, consumers can register to receive notification regarding the purchase of a replacement cooker when available by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or they can contact AHM Australia on 07 3208 1233.

Conclusion

You should NOT continue to use your portable butane stove.  You should follow the recall instructions, as per the Product Safety Recall Notice advice from the manufacturer, as soon as it is issued.

The product manufacturers will be working on fixing the problems and new certified units should be available in the not too distant future.

Additional Safety Warning:  If you are required to return the unit to the manufacturer as part of the recall, be sure to REMOVE the gas cartridge before shipping.  Gas cartidges, even if empty, should never be sent by mail or courier.

Learn more

For more information and advice, visit the Product Safety Recalls Australia website.
Affected portable butane cooker models and model numbers are shown below. 
 
Click on blue links below to view the Product Safety Recall Notices:
 

Uncertified Products – DO NOT USE

 Brands

 Model Number

Home Essentials, Red Stone, My Collection, Bai Hui

 BDZ-168

 BDZ-163S

 Five Star

 Gasmate

 MS-2000

 Plus MS-2000

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 1300 174 876 Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Gasmate
 Gasmaster
 Jumbuck
 Jackeroo
 Excalibur
 Adventure Ridge
 Buy Right

 PC1060, KPC1060, MPC1060, PC1065, JPC1065 PC1070, PC1075,  PC2070, KPC2070, MPC2070, AR2070, PC2075, BBC2075, PC2080

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 1300 174 876
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New addtions - March 2016
Campmaster Dual Burner
Wildcountry Dual Burner
 
Sold at: Rays Outdoors, BCF, Supercheap Auto
 
Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 07 3208 1233
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Campmaster, Red Centre, Grillrite, Rough It, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Festiva, Campers Collection, Spinifex, Oztrail, Roman, Progaz, Escape and Gas Craft

**2150, **2250, **2250SP, **2160, **2160S             

(** = customer code)

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 07 3208 1233
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Campmaster, Kookaburra, Grillpro, Topstove, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Freetime, Festiva, The Stove, Sunshine, Campers Collection, Oztrail, Roman,     Progaz, Escape & Gas Craft

 CM2100, CM2200, STO990, ST7000, FT2100, FT2200, ST1, ST2

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 07 3208 1233
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Campmaster, Kookaburra, Grillpro, Topstove, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Freetime, Festiva, The Stove, Sunshine, Campers Collection, Oztrail, Roman, Progaz, Escape, Gas Craft & Spinifex

**2170* & **2270*          

(** = customer code)

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 07 3208 1233
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Auscrown, Wild Country Handy Range

 AD90

Manufacturer contact information:
Austcrown Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9850 1629
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U-Bute Traveller

 U-Bute Traveller

Manufacturer contact information:
U-Bute International Pty Ltd
1300 082 883
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jackeroo

 PL-121

Manufacturer contact information:
Phone: 1300 174 876
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adventuridge

 509245

Companion

 COMP523

Manufacturer Contact information:
Phone: 1300 657 022
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

House Brand

 509245

Kookaburra

 ST0990

Manufacturer Contact information:
Phone: 1300 657 022 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primus

 2240

Manufacturer Contact information:
Phone: 1300 657 022
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primus

 2271

Manufacturer Contact information:
Phone: 1300 657 022 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primus

 TLB-102L

Manufacturer Contact information:
Phone: 1300 657 022 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Red Desert

 509230

Spinifex

 7027612

Spinifex

 90024574

 

 

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The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free & may not be applicable in all circumstances.

 

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