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ACCC warns some caravan and RV water heaters could be deadly


Holiday-makers are being urged to check their caravans and recreational vehicles for dangerous water heaters before heading off this summer.

The ACCC has warned the Suburban Recreational Vehicle water heaters may emit unsafe levels of carbon monoxide when used to generate heat.

“Do not use the affected water heaters in gas mode under any circumstances,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“It’s especially important to check your caravan’s water heater as soon as possible if you plan to go away during the summer holidays.

“It only takes a minute and it could save the lives of your loved ones.

“We are concerned that a large number of deadly heaters remain in caravans and RVs because owners have not yet contacted Coast to Coast for an inspection.

“Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure has recalled these heaters due to the serious hazards they present.

“Owners should not take this issue lightly and act quickly.”

Hunter residents can check if their heater is affected by opening the exterior access door to the hot water service and checking the model and serial number located on the right hand side.

The serial number can then be entered online at the Coast to Coast website.

The affected products were manufactured between 4 April 2018 and 1 August 2019.

“Anyone with an affected water heater should urgently contact Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure on 02 9645 7685 who will arrange for a licensed gas fitter to inspect their water heater free of charge,” Ms Rickard said.

The ACCC warn carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death, and exposure for a short amount of time can lead to serious injuries.

Carbon monoxide has no smell and is unlikely to be detected.

It is also highly flammable and can explode on contact with a spark or flame.

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