CPSC Recalls Master Forge Gas Grill Sold at Loews for Burn and Fire Hazard

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (www.cpsc.gov) has issued a product recall for a popular gas grill known as the Master Forge model GD4825. The grill, sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide from November 2011 through May 2012, sold at retail for about $270.

Manufactured by Guangdong Vanward Electric Co., Ltd., of China and imported by L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C., the grill poses a potential burn and fire hazard to consumers if a hose is improperly installed.

This recall involves about 37,000 of the Master Forge grills. The affected model, the GD4825 is equipped with four-burners and a base with a single-door. The words “Master Forge” are written on the grill of the hood. The model number is printed on a label located on the inside door of the base. The instruction manual contains the words, “Item 94227” on the cover.

The problem occurs with the hose which connects the gas tank and the regulator to the burner control. If the hose is improperly installed, the hose can then come into contact with the burner box which will cause the hose to melt and possibly rupture., This could lead to a very serious situation of fire and a burn hazard if the grill is lit.

To date, Guangdong Vanward has received two reports of hoses melting and rupturing. Guangdong Vanward and the CPSC have not received any reports of injuries so far.

Consumers Should Stop Using the Grill Until Repaired

The CPSC advises that consumers who own the grill should stop using it immediately and perform a visual inspection of the unit to be sure the hose is properly installed. To examine for proper installation, the hose should be routed on the outside of the grill’s cabinet and should then pass through a round hole on the side of the grill.

To remedy the situation, Guangdong Vanward Electric will provide revised installation instructions to consumers as well as an updated warning label for the unit.

Several models were shipped after the recall; however, the repair kit is included with these later models.

The CPSC is interested in receiving any incident or injury reports related to the recalled grill. An incident report can be submitted on their website at: www.SaferProducts.gov