Homeowners have been asked to check their gas cookers after the first official warning of an explosion hazard was issued.
It is believed that some 100,000 cooktops are equipped with a connector that is at risk of failure, which can cause a gas leak, fire or explosion, even when not in use.
The Office of Government Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued its first alert to customers to check which model of cooktop they have and urgently contact manufacturers if they are affected.
This follows 60 reported incidents across Britain to the OPSS in the connecting part that caused gas leaks, including a man who was badly burned when his caravan caught fire thanks to an explosion at its gas hob in April.
OPSS then issued a Serious Risk Advisory for Belling and Stove gas cooktops installed in holiday homes and caravans manufactured after May 2019 and stated that the issue also affects other brands, which have since been withdrawn from the sale.
In addition to Belling, those affected are certain models of the Russell Hobbs, Apelson, Caple, Comfee, Cooke & Lewis, Cookology, Electriq, KitchenPlus, Statesman and Swan brands.
The affected manufacturers are: Apelson Appliances UK Ltd, Buy It Direct Ltd, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, Kingfisher International Products Ltd, Lancaster Holdings Ltd, Maurice Lay Distributors Ltd, Product Care Trading Ltd, Stax Trade Centers Ltd and The Wright Buy Ltd.
More than 36 million people in the UK cook with gas appliances, including hobs and ovens.
Owners of the affected model have been given a toll-free number to call to arrange a visit by a Gas Safe engineer, or can inquire on the website gashobsrepair.mktpoint.com, as part of a Gas Safe “corrective action program”. the marks to repair them.
Model numbers can be found on the rating label under the nameplate or in the instruction manual, but those who can’t find their model number should call anyway.
The PAHO said that those affected who live in caravans, leisure houses and motorhomes should disconnect it from their liquefied petroleum gas bottle “immediately” and call “urgently.”
However, those in homes can continue to use them until they hire an engineer while “staying vigilant” and calling the national gas hotline if they smell gas.
Graham Russell, Executive Director of OPSS, said: “Protecting people from unsafe products is always a top priority for government.
“The manufacturers agreed to undertake this corrective action program following the OPSS investigation; We will now monitor their actions to ensure they make rapid progress in making these gas cookers safe for homeowners and tourists across the UK.”