Faulty Gas Controls Cause Commercial Cooking Equipment Recall
Aug 3, 2006
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Gas control supplier Robertshaw Controls Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of approximately 7,800 Robertshaw FS Flame Switches and FM Automatic Safety Valves (installed in commercial cooking appliances).

The recalled FS Flame Switches were installed on the following commercial cooking equipment brands: Keating (of Chicago), PMI Food Equipment Group, Vulcan, Southbend, Blodgett, Toastmaster, and Wolf Range. The recalled FM Automatic Safety Valves were installed on the following commercial cooking equipment brands: Bari (Restaurant and Pizzeria), Southbend, and Blodgett.

According to the CPSC, the controls are designed to prevent gas from flowing when the pilot light is out. The recalled controls can remain on after the pilot light is extinguished and allow gas to continue to flow to the main burner of the appliance, posing a risk of a gas explosion and fire.

Robertshaw Controls Co. received one report of a gas ignition incident, which resulted in two minor injuries.

The FS Flame Switches and FM Automatic Safety Valves are installed on natural and liquid propane (LP) gas commercial cooking equipment, such as ranges, pasta cookers, deep fat fryers, or griddles.

The model and/or serial numbers can be found on the cooking appliance identification plate located on the appliance. For a list of appliances with recalled switches and valves, visit www.robertshaw.com.

The recalled switches and valves were sold to OEMs and food service equipment dealers to commercial food service providers throughout the U.S. from August 2005 through June 2006 for the FS Flame Switches and from April 2006 through June 2006 for FM Automatic Valves. Consumers who had cooking equipment installed or serviced before August 2005 are not affected.

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