Local Co. Katadyn Recalls Stoves Due to Fire Hazard
Golden Valley-based Katadyn North America, Inc., and the U.S. and Canadian governments have warned consumers to stop using the company's camping stoves and equipment due to possible fire hazard.
Katadyn's voluntary recall of its Optimus Nova and Nova+ camping stoves and equipment-including the stove's fuel pump, spare parts, and repair kits-was announced Monday by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and its Canadian counterpart, Health Canada.
The recall includes about 7,700 units-5,300 in the United States and 2,400 in Canada.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, there have been 70 reports of incidents involving the stove's fuel line leaking or damage to the fuel O-rings. No injuries or fires have been reported.
The stoves are black metal, measure about six inches in diameter and three-and-a-half inches high, and can be used with multiple types of fuel.
The items in question were sold at specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and Canada and on the Internet between January 2009 and September 2010. The retail price ranged between $150 and $180, and the pumps and spare parts kits were sold separately for between $15 and $50.
Included in the recall are stoves with serial numbers QA000011 through QA007313, and spare parts kits with model numbers 80163051, 8520, 80176321, and 8511. All of the recalled items were manufactured in China.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers who have the stove, and/or related equipment, to immediately stop using the items in question. Consumers can get free repairs by contacting Katadyn.
Katadyn North America is a subsidiary of Swiss company the Katadyn Group, which is best known for developing water purification systems and products. In addition to those items, the company has two other outdoor market brands-including Optimus, which produces outdoor stoves and accessories.