October 2, 2000
Release # 01-001
Zebco Recall Hotline: (800) 558-9876
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Zebco Announce Recall of Compact Camper Stoves

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zebco, of Tulsa, Okla., a division of Brunswick Corp., is voluntarily recalling about 9,600 compact camper stoves. These camper stoves could have been shipped with butane already in the fuel compartment, posing a fire and burn hazard. Also, because of a possible problem with the fuel control mechanism, the stoves could flare up or catch fire when operated.

Zebco has received one report of butane being shipped in the fuel compartment of a camper stove. There have been no reports of injuries.

The American Camper® Compact Butane Stoves are single burner units about 5.5 inches in diameter with a yellow base bearing an American Camper® logo and black burner plate. The base has diamond-shaped openings on its sides. The stove has an electronic ignition switch and is intended for outdoor use. They have model numbers 2140BF or 2140BFW on the packaging.

Sporting goods, camping supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these stoves from May 1999 through July 2000 for between $15 and $25.

Consumers should stop using these stoves immediately, and call Zebco to arrange to have their stove picked up. Consumers returning their stoves will receive a $25 refund. For more information, call Zebco at (800) 558-9876 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.