October 31, 2006
Cobb America Inc. Warns Charcoal Grill Purchasers of CO Hazard
Marketing Material Showed Product Being Used Indoors
The following product safety alert was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Name of Product: Cobb Premier Charcoal Grills
Units: About 2,000
Importer: Cobb America Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Hazard: Like all charcoal grills, this grill emits carbon monoxide gas, which can kill within minutes when used indoors. The Web sites, recipe book, and visuals in a promotional video create the impression that the Cobb Cooker can be used indoors. The recipe book says that it can be used on your dining room table, and the promotional video showed a man carrying the grill into the house while the charcoal was still burning.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Description: The product is made of stainless steel with a wire mesh bottom and a dome-shaped lid. It has a non-stick-coated grill grid. It weighs about 10 pounds and is about 10 inches tall. An outside label reads "Cobb Premier." It comes with several accessories, including a black carrier bag with "Cobb" lettered in yellow on top.
Sold at: Cobb America Web site and other outdoor and camping stores including some web sites nationwide from March 2006 through October 2006 for about $140.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should never use any charcoal grill indoors. Charcoal grills should only be used outside. The promotional video, which created the impression that the grill could be used indoors, has been removed from the firm's Web site, www.cobbamerica.com, and a warning about the hazards of indoor charcoal use and carbon monoxide poisoning has been posted. The firm is sending warning letters to all known consumers.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cobb America collect at (954) 427-5202 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write an email to email@example.com
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