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Fiesta Gas Grills Recalled Due to Fire, Burn Hazards

Jul 22, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Importer Fiesta Gas Grills, of Dickson, Tennessee is recalling tens of thousands of its Blue Ember Gas Grills, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. About 88,000 units are being recalled in the United States and 25,000 in Canada; 47,000 gas grills were previously recalled in October 2008).

The recalled grills were manufactured by Unisplendor Corporation, of China and Keesung Corporation, of China and are being recalled because the hose of the Fiesta Gas Grills’ gas tank can get too close to the firebox and be exposed to heat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Fiesta has received 161 reports of grill fires, resulting in nine injuries, including two incidents of major burns on different parts of the body, six incidents of minor burns, and an incident involving temporary hearing loss.

This recall involves Blue Ember liquid propane (LP) outdoor grills with model and serial numbers listed below. The cabinet style grill has two doors and is silver and black or silver and gray. "Blue Ember" is printed on the grill’s hood. The model and serial numbers are printed on a rating plate label on the rear of the grill.   A list of the numbers included in this recall can be found here.

The recalled Blue Ember Gas Grills were sold at various home centers and retailers nationwide from November 2006 through June 2008 for between $400 and $500 in the United States and from November 2006 through May 2009 for between $400 and $600 in Canada. The defective Blue Ember Gas Grills were manufactured in China.

The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to immediately stop using the grill and call Fiesta Gas Grills to obtain a free replacement grease pan assembly and instructions for installing the part and the gas tank. The grill should not be used until the new grease pan assembly and the gas tank have been installed correctly. Consumers should also inspect the gas burner hose and regulator, which will be replaced free of charge if there are signs of damage. Fiesta Gas Grills can be reached toll-free at 1-866-740-7849 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, via email at mnorman@fiestagasgrills.com, or at the company’s Web site at www.blueembergrills.com

In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient that was implicated in dozens of deaths in the U.S., and hundreds of serious reactions both here and abroad.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.  Melamine tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country.

We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.


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