JCPenney Recalls Cooks® Outdoor BBQ Grills Due to Fire Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2009
Release # 10-064
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 333-6063
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

JCPenney Recalls Cooks® Outdoor BBQ Grills Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills

Units: About 5,600

Importer: JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas

Hazard: The drip pan on the grill does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of fires resulting from inadequate drainage. No injuries reported.

Description: This recall involves Cooks® brand outdoor BBQ grills. The grill has a digital thermometer on the hood, stainless steel top and a global LP regulator. Lot number 780-2176 is printed on the underside of the grill’s stand.

Sold exclusively at: JCPenney stores nationwide and online at www.jcp.com from February 2009 through September 2009 for between $190 and $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills. To ensure the grills are not useable, consumers should remove the gas regulator and hose assembly. All consumers (whether they purchased the item online or at a JCPenney retail stores) should return the regulator and hose to the Catalog/Customer Service Desk at any JCPenney store for a full refund. Consumers should contact JCPenney for instructions on how to disconnect the gas regulator and hose.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime of visit the firm’s Web site at www.jcp.com

Picture of Recalled BBQ Grill