Safety warning on portable butane 'lunchbox' cookers

Published: 
25 Mar 2015

With the Easter holidays approaching the ACCC is reminding consumers that State gas regulators have stopped the sale of many portable butane gas 'lunchbox' cookers as they fail some safety requirements of the relevant gas appliance standard. Affected products have had their certificates of conformance withdrawn.

Gas regulators have found that some gas cooker models are unsafe and should be recalled. These models fail the overpressure tests, so there is a risk that the cookers may explode if they overheat. 

The ACCC is working with the gas regulators, led by EnergySafe Victoria, to arrange recalls of these models so that any recall has national effect.

 Update since 1 April 2015:

What should I do if I have a portable lunchbox cooker?

  • Stop using it immediately and check whether it’s an affected model from the list below.
  • If its model number is in the list of uncertified products, do not use it.
  • When recalls are announced in coming days, follow the instructions about what to do with the cookers and how to receive a refund. Check the Recalls Australia website for updates (you can also subscribe to updates) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Which products are affected?

A comprehensive list of affected models is below, including model numbers.

UNCERTIFIED PRODUCTS – DON’T USE

Brands

Model number

Home Essentials, Red Stone, My Collection, Bai Hui

BDZ-168

BDZ-163S

Five Star

Gasmate

MS-2000

Plus MS-2000

Gasmate

Gasmaster

Jumbuck

Jackeroo

Excalibur

Adventure Ridge

Buy Right

PC1060, KPC1060, MPC1060, PC1065, JPC1065 PC1070, PC1075, PC2070, KPC2070, MPC2070, AR2070, PC2075, BBC2075, PC2080

Campmaster, Red Centre, Grillrite, Rough It, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Festiva,Campers Collection, Spinifex, Oztrail, Roman, Progaz, Escape and Gas Craft

**2150, **2250, **2250SP, **2160, **2160S              (** = customer code)

Campmaster, Kookaburra, Grillpro, Topstove, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Freetime, Festiva, The Stove, Sunshine, Campers Collection, Oztrail, Roman, Progaz, Escape & Gas Craft

CM2100, CM2200, STO990, ST7000, FT2100, FT2200, ST1, ST2

Campmaster, Kookaburra, Grillpro, Topstove, Fiesta, Falcon, Wild Country, Freetime, Festiva, The Stove, Sunshine, Campers Collection, Oztrail, Roman, Progaz, Escape, Gas Craft & Spinifex

**2170* & **2270*           (** = customer code)

Auscrown, Wild Country Handy Range

AD90

U-Bute Traveller

U-Bute Traveller

Jackeroo

PL-121

Adventuridge

509245

Companion

COMP523

House Brand

509245

Kookaburra

ST0990

Primus

2240

Primus

2271

Primus

TLB-102L

Red Desert

509230

Spinifex

7027612

Spinifex

90024574

Contact details

For more information, please contact the gas appliance regulator in your state: http://www.gtrc.gov.au/contact.