Poisoning risk: consumers urged to check their cooker make and model
An urgent appeal has been issued today to thousands of consumers who remain at risk from potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes despite concerted efforts by the manufacturer and trading standards to reach them.
Earlier this year it emerged that a number of Leisure, Flavel, New World and Belling cookers produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide if the grill door is not left open during use, as specified in the instructions.
Since then nearly 40,000 of these appliances sold have been tracked down and modified thanks to extensive advertising, mail-outs, safety notices sent with energy bills, phone calls and home visits.
But more than 25,000 homes still have one of these cookers, which could produce extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide should the grill be operated with the door closed. Of these, only 12,000 are known to the manufacturer.
The Trading Standards Institute is supporting the manufacturer’s plea for consumers to respond to this alert by checking the make and model of their cooker – the safety risk can be easily eliminated from the affected appliances by an engineer with a simple modification.
TSI’s product safety lead officer Christine Heemskerk said: ‘Trading standards and the manufacturer have been working very hard to locate and modify these cookers.
‘Another national press campaign with a safety notice is now being launched and we are urging consumers, including landlords and letting agents, to check the brand and model of their cooker today as there is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, made worse now with the weather turning cold - there is less ventilation as people are keeping their windows and doors closed to keep the cold out, and some people may be using their grills improperly to heat their accommodation.
‘Anyone who might have one of these cookers should immediately contact the manufacturer and arrange for a free modification.’
The freephone number to call the manufacturer is 0800 342 3049.
BELLING G755MkII WHITE
BELLING G755MkII ANTHRACITE
BELLING GT755 WHITE
BELLING COUNTRY CHEF 100G SILVER
BELLING COUNTRY CHEF 100G ANTHRACITE
NEW WORLD 50 TWLM SV LPG
NEW WORLD 50 WLM WH LPG
NEW WORLD 50 WLM SV LPG
NEW WORLD 50 TWLM WH LPG
For further details contact
Leisure & Flavel Cookers: Gemma Oakes or Carly Thornton on 0207 485 0100 or 07815 903833
Belling & New World Cookers: Gaby O’Grady or Eloise Garrett 0113 243 1117 or 07894 390 835 / 0779 294 7441
TSI Press Office: Irja Howie 08456089430
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