Optimus camping stove and product recall

On November 22, 2010 the Optimus Nova and Optimus Nova+ Camping Stoves and Equipment product was recalled.

This is a Joint Recall with Katadyn Products Inc., Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

The recalll involves the following Optimus Nova and Nova+ stoves, fuel pumps and spare parts/repair kits. Recalled stoves are black and can be used with multiple types of fuels. Recalled pumps have a green open/close valve.

  • Optimus Nova Multifuel Stove (Article No. 8016276)
  • Optimus Nova+ Multifuel Stove (Article No. 8016277)
  • Optimus Pumps for Nova and Nova+ stoves (Article No. 8017904 and 9032)
  • Optimus Nova and Nova+ Spare Parts Kit Light (Article No. 8016305 and 8520)
  • Optimus Nova and Nova+ Repair Kit (Article No. 8017632 and 8511).

You locate the Article No. on the product packaging. Recalled stoves have a serial number between QA000011 to QA007313. The serial number can be found on the side of the stove.

Be aware that stoves that are silver and do not have a serial number are not included in this recall.

What is the danger?

It has been found that damaged fuel lines and/or O-rings can cause fuel leakages, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The Canadian distributor, Katadyn Canada, Inc., has received 49 reports of fuel leakage involving the recalled stoves, fuel pumps and spare parts/repair kits, with no reported injuries or damage.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Katadyn Canada Inc. to have the affected parts repaired or replaced.

For more information, you may contact Katadyn Canada Inc. Customer Service at 1-877-962-1919 or 416-962-1919, or visit the Optimus Stoves recall website.

How many have been sold and where?

2,000 recalled stoves, 100 recalled pumps, and 300 kits were sold at outdoor and sporting goods retailers in Canada.

In the United States, approximately 5,300 of the recalled products were sold to specialty outdoor stores, sporting goods retailers, and on the internet.

These recalled stoves, fuel pumps and spare parts/repair kits were sold in Canada and the United States from January 2009 to September 2010. These units were manufactured in China. The importer is Katadyn North America Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Katadyn Canada Inc. of Toronto, Ontario is the distributor.