Health Canada is recalling a line of gas stoves due to a “risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Hethe oven compartment with model numbers RG30, RG36 and RG48. Model numbers are shown on the label at the rear of the machine.
“The oven on gas ranges can emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) while in use, posing a serious risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning,” the recall notice warns.
There have been 44 reports of carbon monoxide emissions in other countries, including three reports from users seeking medical attention. However, there have been no reports in Canada as of January 17, 2023, according to the government.
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All users are urged to immediately stop using the oven on the recalled ranges until it has been repaired. However, consumers can continue to use the higher ranges, which are not affected by the issue. A free repair can be scheduled by contacting ZLINE at 1-888-359-4482 or [email protected].
Recalled products may not be sold or redistributed in Canada.
The recall comes as attention has increased about the potential dangers of gas stoves.
A recent study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggested that 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases in the US could be related to the use of gas stoves.
However, the study has faced questions with experts such as Ran Goldman, a professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, skeptical of its findings.
Goldman told Global News that “it’s really hard to understand that 13 percent of children have asthma just from this exposure to stove exhaust in the home.”
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However, states like New York and California are cracking down on gas appliances, the former banning new gas stove hookups and the latter phasing out gas ovens.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the risks of home appliances, but its chairman, Alexander Hoehn-Saric, clarified that the CPSC is not considering a ban.
Health Canada did not respond to Global News when asked if it was considering further regulations on gas stoves. The agency said it has “conducted studies to assess the level of contaminants from the use of gas stoves. This information was used to develop the Health Canada Residential Indoor Air Quality Guidelines.”
— with files by Kathryn Mannie
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