Beko Latest Statement 20 May 2014

Beko Latest Statement 20 May 2014

BEKO LAUNCHING NEXT PHASE OF GAS COOKER CORRECTIVE ACTION CAMPAIGN

Beko, a leading home appliance brand, is targeting UK's caravan, static home and boating communities in the next phase of its extensive campaign to track down some older models of its gas cookers, which can cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Over the next few months, Beko will be spreading the message within the boating community by partnering with major organisations including the Boat Safety Scheme.

Beko has also begun a far-reaching campaign to spread the message to the UK caravan and static home community. Amongst other activities, letters and safety notices warning of the potential dangers have been sent to holiday and residential park operators across the UK, urging them to alert caravan users of the risk.

Beko launched its gas cooker corrective action in 2009 and has already undertaken an extensive range of measures to trace affected models.  This activity is the next phase in that programme.

Andrew Mullen, Beko's Quality Manager UK and Ireland, said: "We are urging everyone to support our activities to trace these potentially dangerous cookers which were manufactured before 2009."

"Consumer safety is our priority and we want to raise as much awareness as we can about our corrective action.  Awareness-raising through mainstream media can only achieve so much and we hope this targeted campaign will help us to track down and modify any affected cookers in caravans, boats and barges."

The affected cookers were from across the Beko, Flavel and Leisure brands, made between 2003 and 2009 and have a separate oven and grill. Models running on mains or bottled gas could be affected.  No current gas cooker models sold by Beko are affected.

The danger occurs if the cooker grill is used, contrary to operating instructions, with the door shut. If this happens, carbon monoxide can build-up and pose a serious risk to users. This can be modified quickly by a Beko trained engineer, a service Beko offers on-site for free.

Notes to editors

As of 12 May, Beko has traced or estimated scrapped 26,607 gas cookers out of 30,320 at-risk appliances along with 1,474 LPG conversion kits, which can be used to convert mains cookers to LPG, out of 2,320 distributed.

A list of the affected models is at http://www.beko.co.uk/cookersafetynotice with instructions on how to check if your appliance is affected and instructions about what to do if you find one.

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