Made by China’s Guangdong Vanward Electric and sold exclusively at Lowe’s home improvement stores, about 37,000 Master Forge Gas Grills are being recalled due to concerns over the grill’s fuel house. The grill that was sold at Lowe’s from November 2011 through May 2012 for roughly $270 could have improperly installed hoses that may melt, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission, “if improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regulator to the burner control can touch the burner box and cause the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard.”
Owners of a Master Forge Gas grill are encouraged to check their model number to see if their grill is being recalled. Potentially hazardous grills are the four-burner gas grills with a single-door base and model number GD4825, which can be found on a label inside the door of the grill’s base. “Master Forge” is written on the grill’s hood, and the item number 94227 can be found on the cover of the instruction manual.
The manufacturer has received two reports of the gas fuel hose melting and rupturing from contact with the grill’s hot burner box. No injuries have been reported. On November 6, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall, urging consumers to immediately stop use of the grill. The CPSC suggests that owners of the grill inspect it to ensure that the gas hose runs along the outside of the grill cabinet and passes through the round hole in the side panel.
In April of this year, One World Technologies recalled STOK Island and STOK Quattro gas grills for similar fire and burn hazards. The regulators on the grill could potentially leak propane gas, which could ignite and put consumers in danger. The firm received a staggering 569 reports of regulators leaking gas.
Consumers of the recalled Master Forge Grill should contact Guangdong Vanward Electric for revised instructions and a warning label to apply to the grill that shows how to properly install the hose and the regulator. The company can be reached between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone (888-584-3648) or by going to www.94227info.com.