The Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday announced the recall of a liquefied petroleum gas regulator because of fire and explosion hazards.
And in Detroit, Volkswagen of America Inc. said it is recalling about 16,000 of its 1981- and 1982-model vans and campers to correct a possible door lock problem that could cause the vehicles' doors to open in a crash.
The CPSC said it has received reports of 14 incidents involving RegO Model 210 LP-Gas regulators during the past few years, three of which included personal injuries. It said the regulator's manufacturer, RegO Co. of Chicago, voluntarily agreed to the recall.
The commission urged consumers to close the shut-off valve of the liquefied petroleum gas supply containers and contact their local dealers for free replacement regulators.
"Consumers are cautioned not to remove and replace the regulator themselves and not to turn on the LP-Gas supply until after the regulator replacement," the commission said in a statement.
The CPSC said the RegO Model 210-LP Gas regulator may "without warning . . . suddenly allow high pressure LP-Gas to pass to hot water heaters, furnaces and other appliances. The failure of the regulator to control LP-Gas pressure within allowable levels can occur when an internal mechanical component in the regulator fails."
"Fire and explosion can occur and result in severe property damage, personal injury or death," the CPSC said.
Meanwhile, VW of America said springs that hold the latches of the front-door locks in place on certain vans and trucks could break, making it possible for the locks to open.
That, in turn, could expose occupants to danger in a crash "or when extreme forces are extended against the interior of the door," the company said in a statement.
No cases of lock failure have been reported in the United States, VW spokesman Joseph Bennett said.
He said the company has notified federal traffic safety officials of the recall. The defect will be repaired free of charge, he said.