Which? Have reported that some cookers with a separate grill from Beko and Glen Dimplex are being linked to six cases of fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
The companies have issued alerts concerning 17 different models of which there are approximately 49,000 units in the UK and Ireland . The six deaths occurred between November 2008 and January 2009. Both the Beko and the Glen Dimplex models involved are made in the same factory.
The issue is that toxic carbon monoxide can build up if the grill is used while the grill door is shut. The grills were linked to deaths during an inquest in mid-Kent last week, which followed a similar case in south Yorkshire, and in a probe by the Irish Health and Safety Executive.
Beko says that the models fulfil all UK and European safety regulations and that closing the grill door while using the grill is 'incorrect use'. In the instruction manuals that accompany the cookers, users are warned that such practice could lead to the build up of a fatal quantity of carbon monoxide.
Beko has been working with trading standards officers (TSOs) and has sent letters to about 23,000 customers. The company has also posted safety notices in national papers and on its website.
Beko says that modifying the seal surrounding the grill allows enough oxygen into the grill area to remove the risk of carbon monoxide building up. Beko adds that its engineers have modified 453 cookers a week since early March 2009, and that it plans to continue this.
Belling is part of the Glen Dimplex group. Glen Dimplex told Which? that it was also working with TSOs to ensure all necessary safety measures were in place. The company said that if the cookers were operated in accordance with the instructions, they were safe. All of its products had been tested and met the required safety standards, said Glen Dimplex.
The company says it is reminding owners not to use the grill unless the grill door is open and is contacting customers to offer a modification.
Concerned customers have been advised to contact Beko on the freephone customer helpline 0800 342 3049. Customers with Belling models should call 0800 294 3128 to arrange for a free engineer to visit
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