ACCC stops sale of butane gas cookers

The ACCC wishes to remind consumers that State gas regulators have stopped the sale of a large number of portable gas stoves as they fail some provisions of the relevant gas appliance standard. Affected portable gas stoves have had their certificates of conformance withdrawn.

Gas regulators have identified that some models are unsafe and should be recalled.  These models fail the overpressure tests: 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.

If you own one of these banned lunchbox style cookers, please stop using it immediately. It is anticipated that product safety recalls for affected models will be in place over the coming weeks. In the meantime, under Australian Consumer Law (ACL) you may be entitled to a refund if you can show proof of purchase, and you should seek to do so as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact the gas appliance regulator in your state.