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OPSS adds two additional brands to gas hob safety list

A further two brands, Swan and Comfee, have been added to the list of gas hobs that may require corrective action, following an investigation by OPSS.

A further two brands, Swan and Comfee, have been added to the list of gas hobs that may require corrective action.

Eleven UK gas hob manufacturers have now committed to undertake a corrective action programme to make certain hobs safe, as a result of an investigation by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

The companies involved are Apelson Appliances UK Ltd, Buy It Direct Ltd, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, Kingfisher International Products Ltd, Lancaster Holdings Ltd, Maurice Lay Distributors Ltd, Midea UK Ltd, Product Care Trading Ltd, Shop Direct Home Shopping Ltd, Stax Trade Centres Ltd and The Wright Buy Ltd.

This followed a number of incidents, including an explosion at a caravan park in April 2023, where a person suffered serious burns. The investigation by OPSS identified that faulty elbow joints used to connect certain models to the gas supply could give rise to a serious risk of poisoning, burns or gas explosion and/or fire.

The companies will visit every home containing affected hobs and make them safe. Information about the brands and models are available via the companies’ websites.

OPSS is urging all affected members of the public, including those unsure whether they are impacted or not, to check the model links and contact the manufacturer:

Read the Important Safety Message – Gas Hob Elbow Joints Corrective Action Programme.

OPSS issued Suspension Notices in July to stop further supplies of the affected models of gas hobs and updated its safety advice in August because the nature and scale of the risks involved is highest for those in mobile premises using LPG.

While all affected consumers should check the model links, owners and consumers in caravans, leisure homes and motorhomes should do this as a matter of urgency. If they are using an affected appliance with Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), they should disconnect it from the LPG cylinder immediately.

Owners and consumers in domestic premises should continue to be vigilant. If they smell gas or are concerned that their product poses a risk, they should contact the National Gas Emergency Helpline for their area (0800 111 999 in England, Wales and Scotland, and 0800 002 001 in Northern Ireland) or a Gas Safe registered installer.

OPSS Chief Executive Graham Russell said:

Protecting people from unsafe products is always a top priority for government. The manufacturers have agreed to undertake this corrective action programme following the OPSS investigation; now we will monitor their actions to ensure they make swift progress in making these gas hobs safe for householders and holidaymakers across the UK.

Published 4 September 2023
Last updated 8 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Two further brands added to the list of gas hobs that may require corrective action.

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