Product Liability

Kuuma grills recalled after 3 reports of leaking fuel and burn injuries

The U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 4,600 portable grills manufactured by Eastwind Industries of San Leandro, California under the name Kuuma because of a defect that poses a fire hazard.

Sold exclusively at West Marine stores, the Kuuma IR Stow and Go barbecue grills can be used easily onboard a boat because of their relatively small size and portability. The CPSC says that if the propane tank isn’t threaded completely to the grill, fuel can leak out and catch fire.

Eastwind Industries has received three reports of fires caused by the defective grills, resulting in burns to the hands.

The recalled grills are made of stainless steel and have the name “Kuuma” embossed on the front. The main rectangular housing of the grill measures 18.5 inches by 8.5 inches and is 10 inches deep. Recalled grills have an sku number 10184505 and the barcode 83726 on a label attached to the box.

The grills were made in Thailand and sold at West marine stores from January 2009 to August 2009. Retail price for the grills was $100 – $140.

The CPSC advises consumers to stop using grills immediately and to contact Eastwind Industries for a new operator’s manual with better installation instructions and graphics. The company may be reached by calling toll-free 866-995-8862 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Monday through Friday. Consumers may also find more information and download a copy of the new user’s guide on the company’s website http://www.kuumaproducts.com/.