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Gas Cooker Warning
7:01am 6th July 2013
Cornwall gets another warning over gas cookers linked to the death of two men in Saltash.
Kevin Branton and Richard Smith died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2010.
Previously it had been found grills on BEKO models pre-2009 were a risk if they were used with the door shut.
Now Trading Standards says those converted to LPG could also be dangerous.
In respect of the existing safety notice, these are the cooker models that are affected:
Leisure CM10NRK CM10NRC
Leisure CM101NRCP CM101NRKP
BEKO DCG8511WLPG DCG8511PLW
Flavel AP5LDW AP5LDSP AP5LDWP
Flavel Milano ML5NDS
Note: Only applies to Models manufactured before 2009 with serial numbers starting with 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 or 08.
Gary Webster from Cornwall Trading Standards said: "This safety issue was originally discovered following a number of fatalities across the UK and Ireland in 2008. Despite being tested to the relevant safety standards that were applicable at the time of manufacture, the risks posed by using a grill with the door closed had not been envisaged.
"BEKO issued a Safety Notice and attempted to contact all affected customers. Unfortunately they were unable to trace and modify all of the affected cookers, so there is a concern that a significant number of unmodified appliances may still be in use. Tragically, one of these un-traced cookers led to the deaths of Kevin Branton and Richard Smith in Saltash in 2010."
If you own one of the cookers listed above and are concerned that it may be one of the unmodified models, please contact BEKO on free phone 0800 917 2018 (UK) or 1800 25 29 25 (Ireland).
For more information, visit the safety warning page on the BEKO website: http://www.beko.co.uk/CookerSafetyNotice
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