Cookers recalled over carbon monoxide risk



Beko has issued an urgent warning about a number of its cookers, after it emerged that not following the user instructions can cause the cookers to leak carbon monoxide - which could prove deadly.

So what cookers are affected, what is wrong with them, and what can you do?

The risk

The ones in question are Beko, Leisure and Flavel cookers, with a separate oven and grill, manufactured before 2009.

The risk emerges when you operate the grill with the grill door closed. If the door is shut, the air supply to the grill burner is restricted, which can cause carbon monoxide to be produced. Beko describes it as 'extremely dangerous' and adds it can: "pose a very serious risk to health."

The instruction is contained in the operating instructions, but over time these may be lost, or forgotten, or the cooker may have changed hands without the booklet.

What can you do?

As a safety precaution Beko will modify any of the affected cookers.

First you need to check whether your cooker is a concern. The specific model numbers are: Beko DCG8511WLPG, DCG8511PLW, DG581LWP, Leisure CM10NRK, CM10NRC, AL6NDW, CM101NRCP, CM101NRKP and Flavel DCGAP5LS, AP5LDWP, AP5LDW, AP5LDSP, Flavel Milano ML5NDS.

If you have one of these models you will need to check the serial number to see when it was made. You can find this on the rating plate at the bottom front edge of the cooker. The key is the first two numbers. If it is anything between 03 and 08 (inclusive) you will need to contact Beko.

It also affects any Beko, Flavel or Leisure cookers with separate oven and grill, made before 2009, and converted to run on LPG (bottled gas).

If your cooker is a risk, you need to call customer services on 0800 917 2018 between 8am and 8pm Monday-Friday, or 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

They will then arrange for your cooker to be modified for free - to make it safe. In the interim you can continue to use it, but must make sure the grill door is open when the grill is on.

On its safety recall page, Beko also lists 6kg and 7kg condenser Tumble Dryers manufactured from May-October 2012 and Frost-free Fridge Freezers manufactured from 2000 to 2006 - both of which could be a fire hazard and are being recalled.

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