Safety warning for caravan owners about Carbon Monoxide inhalation

Released 18/10/2019

Access Canberra wishes to advise Canberra caravan, motor home or camper trailer owners about a potential safety risk when operating Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heaters.

Seven separate models of these water heaters have been affected which were manufactured between 4 April 2018 and 1 August 2019.

Access Canberra Construction Occupations Registrar, Ben Green, said that Canberrans who believe they may have an affected heater should stop using it immediately.

"We advise that if you own a vehicle with an affected Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heater that you stop using the appliance immediately," Mr Green said.

"Under certain conditions, these water heaters can generate elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide which may spill into the vehicle. If large concentrations are inhaled, this can be lethal.

"If your model is affected you must stop using the heater immediately and not use it again until it has been rectified by an authorised Suburban agent or dealership."

You can check if your hot water heater is an affected model by looking at the appliance data plates found under the front cover plate of the heater. Affected models include:

ApplianceModels affectedSerial numbers affected
Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heaters
  • SW6DEA
  • SW4DEA
  • SW6PA
  • SW6DA
  • SW4DA
  • SW6DECA (DualFuel)
  • From181315552 to 193002648
  • From 183114087D to 191206073D
  • 8183311827
  • 8190201139
  • Manufactured from 4 April 2018 to 1 August 2019

For more information visit the Access Canberra website.

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