More than one million grills have been recalled over the past five years. Knowing that, the first thing you should check when getting out your grill this season is whether it's on the list. An estimated 3,800 injuries from gas or charcoal grills were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2010. Cooking with a defective unit just increases the odds of getting burned or setting a fire.
To find out if a grill, or any other product, has been recalled. You can check the database at SaferProducts.gov. You can also file a report if a product you have is faulty. Once you've determined that your grill is in the clear, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety checks:
- Visually inspect the hoses on a gas grill for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing and that all connections are secure. Replace if necessary.
- Check for propane gas leaks. Open the gas supply valve fully and apply a soapy solution with a brush at the connection point. If bubbles appear, there is a leak. Try tightening the tank connection. If that does not stop the leak, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired by a qualified professional.
- Is the grill clean? Regularly cleaning the grill, as described in the owner's manual, and also cleaning the grease trap, will reduce the risk of flare-ups and grease fires.
Since 2001 there have been 10 major gas grill recalls involving 1,013,130 units. We've listed them below, with the most recent first. If you own one of these grills, check the linked recall notice issued by the CPSC for model numbers and other details including how to get a repair or replacement.
89,000 Stok Quattro grills (leaking regulators)
4,530 O-Grill portable grills (leaking regulators)
10,000 Master Forge 5-burner grills (hose too close to burner box)
5,600 Cooks grills (JCPenney) (drip pan doesn't drain properly)
664,700 Perfect Flame SLG Series grills (burners can deteriorate)
160,000 Blue Ember grills (hose too close to firebox)
24,000 Perfect Flame double-lid 4-burner grills (cooking chamber can melt or ignite)
4,800 Broil King grills (cooking box can melt or crack)
36,500 Perfect Flame 4-burner grills (missing hose)
14,000 Weber Genesis 320 Series grills (hose can crack or break)
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—Mary H.J. Farrell