Explosions lead to Char-Broil smoker recall

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Char-Broil smoker recalled.Char-Broil vertical gas smokers are being recalled because of a defect that has caused some to explode, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

When the temperature is set to "low," not enough gas can pass through so the flame goes out, but gas keeps building up inside the smoker. If the smoker is lit again, the propane gas can explode and burst open the smoker door.

Char-Broil told the CPSC that five consumers reported being hurt by the doors bursting open, causing injuries including burns and a concussion.

About 18,000 of the Chinese-made smokers were sold. They are model number 07701413. The number can be found on a metal tag on the right back leg of the smoker.

The smokers were sold for about $140 at Walmart, Home Depot and other retailers across the country from March 2008 through June 2010.

If you have one of the smokers, stop using it immediately. Contact Char-Broil to get a replacement for the hose, valve and regulator assembly and instructions to install them.

Consumers can contact Char-Broil weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time at (866) 671-7988 or look at the safety information posted about the recall.
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