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Petroleum & Gas Inspectorate | Alert | No.104 V 2 | 13 June 2022

Swift 500 series cookers in caravans

What happened?

A person was injured while using a Swift 500 series cooker in a caravan.


The owner of a Queensland registered caravan was using a Swift 500 series cooker while camping in NSW. When the front left burner ignited, the user observed the flame was only on ‘simmer’ despite the control knob being on full. The user moved the cooking pan to the rear right side burner and used the front left burner as a simmer. Within a very short period an explosion occurred, engulfing the user in flames and causing severe burn injuries. RSHQ is working with other gas regulators and the manufacturer, Swift Appliance Group, to implement a national recall.

How did it happen?

An examination of the Swift 500 series cooking appliance identified a failure point in the internal piping at the outlet connection point of the front left control valve. The failure point caused gas to leak within the appliance and the leaking gas tracked to an undetermined ignition source and ignited, causing burn injuries to the person using the appliance.

Key issues

Recommendations

Update as of 6 July 2022

Owners of caravans and recreational vehicles should check the date of manufacture of their Swift 500 series cooking appliance.

  1. Date of manufacture prior to 1 June 2020.  The gas supply to the appliance should be turned off and the appliance not used until further notice. The gas supply to the appliance can be isolated at the gas isolation valve, adjacent to the appliance, to allow the electrical element and other gas appliances to be used safely.
  2. Date of manufacture after 1 June 2020. Appliances manufactured after 1 June 2020 will not be subject to recall and are not considered to be unsafe.

If you smell gas, turn off the gas immediately at the cylinders and contact a gas work licence holder to check the gas system and all gas appliances for safe and correct operation.


Investigations are ongoing and further information about the scope of the recall will be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

References and further information

Authorised by Bill Date - Chief Inspector – Petroleum & Gas

Contact: Paul Beaumont, Principal Inspector, Gas Work and Devices , +61 7 3199 8027

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.

All information on this page (Swift 500 series cookers in caravans - https://www.rshq.qld.gov.au/safety-notices/petroleum-and-gas/swift-500-series-cookers-in-caravans) is correct as of time of printing (8 July 2022 3:14 am).