Char-Broil Recalls Patio Bistro Gas Grills Due to Burn Hazard

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: August 15, 2013

Recall number: 13-264

Recall Summary

Name of product: Char-Broil® Gas Patio Bistro® Grills

The electronic ignition on the grill can ignite unexpectedly, posing a burn hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact:

Char-Broil toll free at (866) 671-7988 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday, or online at Char-Broil Grills|Grill Parts|Grill Grates|Grill Burners and click on Recalls at the bottom of the page.


About 69,300 in the U.S.


The recall involves two Char-Broil® Gas Patio Bistro® Grills: the model 240 Full Size grill and the model 180 Table Top grill. Both are single-burner propane gas grills equipped with a battery-operated integrated electronic ignition and intended only for outdoor use.

The grills have round black bodies with silver/aluminum trim. The words “Char-Broil®” and “Patio Bistro®” are printed near the thermometer on the grill’s lid and near the control knob on the front of the grill. The grills have a rating label on the bottom support on the back of the unit that states “Char-Broil, LLC,” the model number and other information. The grills were sold with the following model numbers:

Char-Broil® Gas Patio Bistro® 240 Full Size:

11601558, 11601558-A1,
12601558 and 12601558-A2

Char-Broil® Gas Patio Bistro® 180 Table Top:


Char-Broil has received 26 reports of the burner flame going out and then unexpectedly reigniting when the consumer turned the control knob to “OFF.” The 26 reports include four reports of burns, including one with burns to the nose, chin and hair, and seven other reports of “burned” or “singed” hair.

Consumers should immediately stop using the grills and contact Char-Broil for instructions on how to order and install a free repair kit.
Sold at

Hardware stores and other retailers nationwide, including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Sears, Target, True Value and online from from September 2010 to June 2013 for about for about $175 for the full size grill and $135 for the table top grill.

Char-Broil, LLC, of Columbus, Ga.
Manufactured in


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