September 25, 2003
Release # 03-196
Company Phone Number: (800) 241-7548


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Marshall Gas Controls Model 451 and 452 LP-Gas regulators on Char-Broil®, Kenmore®, and Thermos® brand LP-Gas Grills shipped to retailers between April 15, 2003 and May 6, 2003.

Units: 35,000

Distributor: Marshall Gas Controls, a division of S.H. Leggitt Company of San Marcos, Texas

Hazard: Some of these regulators were assembled with an undersized seat disc that could become dislodged and leak propane gas. Propane gas is highly flammable and could ignite causing a fire or explosion. Consumers should immediately close the valve on the service cylinder if LP-Gas leakage is detected.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: These low-pressure regulators control petroleum gas pressure in gas grills. The regulators are used with Char-Broil®, Kenmore® and Thermos® brand gas grills. There are two model gas regulators involved in the recall. Model 451 is a single outlet regulator used on grills with traditional burners in the main box. Model 452 is a dual outlet regulator used on grills with a side burner adjacent to the main box. The regulators have date codes printed on the valve body. Date codes included in the recall are 13-03/03-13, 14-03/03-14, 15-03/03-15, 16-03/03-16, 17-03/03-17 and 18-03/03-18.

Brand Model Model Number
CHAR-BROIL® "Quick Set"

"Big Easy"

"Patio Caddie"


KENMORE® "Wide Body"

"Diamond Flame"

THERMOS® "Quick Set" 461631603

Sold at: Home and appliance stores nationwide from April 2003 through May 2003.

Manufactured in: The grills and the regulators were manufactured in the USA.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately close the valve on the service cylinder if LP-gas leakage is detected and contact the Grill Service Center to receive a free replacement regulator. For brand and model information contact the Grill Service Center or visit the commission's Web site at

Consumer Contact: Call the Grill Service Center at (800) 241-7548 anytime.

Media Contact: Mark Ross for Marshall Gas Controls at (512) 396-0707, Alex Gafford for Char-Broil® and Thermos® at (800) 352-4111 ext. 6356, and Larry Costello for Kenmore® at (847)286-9036.

Picture of Recalled LP-Gas Regulator

Picture of Recalled LP-Gas Regulator