New remedy revealed
Potentially lethal Swift
cookers now safe
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THERE is now a remedy to make recalled
potentially lethal Swift 500 series cookers installed in some caravans or
motorhomes safe to use.
Inspection and repairs will be carried out free of charge by the
manufacturer under a remedy Swift has negotiated with the Gas Technical
Regulators Committee (GTRC).
The committee comprises representatives from
Australian state, territory and New Zealand gas regulators.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned about the
risk of explosions and burns associated with 16 recalled models of the
Swift 500 series cooker.
About 11,000 manufactured between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2020
(inclusive) are affected.
"Unfortunately, three people have already suffered serious injuries and
burns while using a defective Swift cooker," ACCC deputy chairperson Delia
"In one case a person suffered first degree burns to their stomach and
legs. We don't want to see any more injuries occur.
"Consumers should check if their cooker has been recalled by visiting our
Product Safety website.
"Affected consumers not already registered for the recall should contact
Swift Appliance Group as a matter of urgency, so Swift can arrange an
inspection and potential repair."
Ms Rickard said that in the meantime, consumers
were advised not to use the front left burner of their cooker until they
have been inspected and necessary repairs carried out.
"Remove the knob and store it out of reach,” Ms
Most of the recalled cookers were supplied new with the vehicle by
retailers nationally and a small number were bought separately by
consumers and installed later.
Part of the gas supply pipe to cookers used in motorhomes and caravans may
break or erode. Gas leaks and an ignition source can cause explosions or
There are three factors that can cause the gas supply tube to fracture and
* Overtightening the nuts when connecting the gas supply tubes to the
* The aluminium tubes rubbing on the reflector plate that sits behind the
* Vibration of the unit that is caused during transit.
The remedy process involves inspecting the tube that supplies gas to the
front left burner to check that it is fitted correctly and shows no signs
Damaged or ill-fitting burner tubes will be replaced.
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