November 26, 2014

Recall: Camping Stoves and Equipment by Katadyn North America Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Camping Stoves and Equipment

Units: About 5,300 in the United States and 2,400 in Canada

Importer: Katadyn North America Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: Damaged fuel lines and/or O-rings may cause fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: There are 70 reports of incidents involving the stove’s fuel line leaking or damage to O-rings. No injuries or fires have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Optimus Nova and Nova+ camping stoves and equipment, including the stove’s fuel pump and spare parts/repair kits. The stoves are black metal, measure about 6 inches in diameter and 3 ½ inches high and can be used with multiple types of fuel. Stove serial numbers QA000011 through QA007313 are included in this recall. The serial number and “Optimus” are printed on the side of the camping stove. Pumps and spare parts kits also were sold separately. Pumps have a green open/close valve. Spare parts kits model numbers include 80163051, 8520, 80176321 and 8511 and are printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and Canada and on the Internet from January 2009 through September 2010 for between $150 and $180. The pumps and spare parts kits were also sold separately for between $15 and $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the camping stove and equipment and contact Katadyn to receive a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Katadyn at (800) 755-6701 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also register for the recall on the firm’s website at www.optimusstoves.com/usen/

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1191


Comments

  1. John Mathew connery says:

    I have one of these stoves which I had sent in to you about 4 months ago. I complained that it flared up uncontrollably and that the needle valve could not be reliably adjusted. I got the unit back today by Fedex 12.28.’10. I had been told earlier by email that there was nothing wrong with it and that it was being returned to me. You turn around was 4 months, outrageous. Further the unit was returned to me with the needle valve stem stuck in closed position and when one tries to turn the green plastic adjustment knob it simply turns the brass ferrule around the needle valve with no rotatonal effect on the needle valve.

    If you folks treat any substantial number of customers the way you treated me, you will not keep your business going.

    I need my unit fixed or replaced. It is unsafe, it flares uncontrollably and leaked when I sent it in to you and what you returned to me is completely inoperable! If Katadyn does not make me whole again with this unit, I will launch my name and treatment on the class action complaint blog and also contact BBB, Minnesota.

  2. Mr. Connery,
    Appliance.net is an independent news magazine with no affiliation with any appliance manufacturer. We post the recall information as a service to our readers.

    You can try the Katadyn contact information:

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Katadyn at (800) 755-6701 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also register for the recall on the firm’s website at http://www.optimusstoves.com/usen/