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Swift 500 Series Caravan Cookers

24 June 2022

Energy Safe Victoria is recommending that owners of caravans and RVs with a Swift 500 series cooker (including cooktops, grills and ovens) stop using the cooker until further notice due to safety concerns.

What has happened?

  • Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has issued a safety alert about an incident in which failure of piping within a Swift 500 series cooker resulted in a gas leak which led to an explosion that caused burn injuries to the person using the appliance.
  • The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) in WA has also issued a prohibition notice for the Swift 500 series cookers following two incidents involving the cookers in Western Australia.

ESV is currently working with other gas safety regulators and the manufacturer, Swift Appliance Group, to implement a national recall.

Recommendations

  • Owners of caravans and recreational vehicles should check if their cooking appliance is a Swift 500 series cooker and turn off the gas supply. The electrical element can still be used.
  • The gas supply to the appliance can be turned off at the gas isolation valve, adjacent to the appliance. This ensures that other gas appliances in the caravan or RV can be used safely.
  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas immediately at the cylinders and contact a licenced gasfitter to check the gas system and all gas appliances for safe and correct operation.

 

References and further information

The RSHQ safety alert is available on the RSHQ website https://www.rshq.qld.gov.au/safety-notices/petroleum-and-gas/swift-500-series-cookers-in-caravans

Further details are also available on the Swift Appliance Group website https://www.swiftappliancegroup.com.au/

The information in this safety alert is what is known at the time of writing. We may revise or publish further information as it becomes available.

Who we are

We are Victoria’s safety regulator for electricity, gas and pipelines.

Our role is to ensure that Victorian gas and electricity industries are safe and meet community expectations. We are also responsible for licensing and registering electricians, and educating the community about energy safety.

More information is available on the Energy Safe Victoria website: www.esv.vic.gov.au