Beko cooker grill defect warning on LPG models

Flavel cooker A faulty Flavel cooker was responsible for the deaths of Richard Smith and Kevin Branton in Cornwall

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Hundreds more untraced cookers converted to LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) could contain a potentially lethal defect, manufacturer Beko says.

The fault, responsible for eight deaths, was thought to apply to 13 models and affect 21,000 cookers, of which 6,000 have yet to be traced.

Now Beko has said 837 converted Beko, Leisure or Flavel models made before 2009, may pose a serious safety risk.

A company spokesman said that 480 of these are as yet untraced.

Affected LPG models must include

  • All Beko, Leisure and Flavel models manufactured before 2009
  • Cookers adapted to LPG using a genuine Beko LPG conversion kit
  • Models with a separate grill and oven which have not had a door seal modification

He told BBC News the LPG conversion kits were supplied in the UK for cookers with a separate grill and oven.

"We want to find them urgently so we can implement the simple modification, free of charge, and eliminate the safety risk," he said.

"When we identified the issue with the LPG conversions on these specific models, we immediately instructed our call centres to tell anyone who requested a kit from Beko that they had to make the door seal modification as part of the installation.

"We also started to include instructions in the LPG conversion kits we supplied that the modification to the door seal must be made when the kit is installed."

Affected mains gas models

  • Beko models DCG8511WLPG, DCG8511PLW and DG581LWP
  • Leisure models CM10NRK, CM10NRC, AL6NDW, CM101NRCP and CM101NRKP
  • Flavel models DCGAP5LS, AP5LDWP, AP5LDW, AP5LDSP and Flavel Milano ML5NDS
  • Anyone with one of these models is asked to call Beko on 0800 917 0555 in the UK or 1800 252 925 in Ireland for a free safety inspection

Beko began a product recall in November 2008 when it became aware of a safety risk if the grill on certain models was turned on while the door was closed.

Richard Smith, 30, and 34-year-old Kevin Branton died in November 2010 when their Flavel cooker's grill produced high levels of carbon monoxide at their home in Saltash, Cornwall.

In December, Cornwall trading standards told the inquest into their deaths at least six other people had died as a result of the "known" defect.

Beko said it was still trying to trace 6,100 of the 21,000 customers who have bought the potentially defective mains gas models.

The updated safety information about all of its cookers has been put on its website.

Adverts will also be placed in national newspapers and other media outlets, the Beko spokesman said, as well as a targeted advertising campaign for caravanning websites.

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