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BBQ Grills Sold by JCPenney Recalled

Dec 14, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

A fire hazard is behind a recall of  5,600 Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills, imported by JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills.

This recall involves Cooks® brand outdoor BBQ grills. The grill has a digital thermometer on the hood, a stainless steel top, and a global LP regulator. Lot number 780-2176 is printed on the underside of the grill’s stand.

The drip pan on the Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. To date, the firm has received 11 reports of fires resulting from inadequate drainage. To ensure the grills are not useable, consumers should remove the gas regulator and hose assembly.

All consumers—whether they purchased the item online or at a JCPenney retail store—should return the regulator and hose to the Catalog/Customer Service Desk at any JCPenney store for a full refund. Consumers should contact JCPenney for instructions on how to disconnect the gas regulator and hose. JCPenney can be reached toll-free at 1-888-333-6063 anytime of at the firm’s Web site at

The recalled Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills were manufactured in China and sold exclusively at JCPenney stores nationwide and online at from February 2009 through September 2009 for between $190 and $60.

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