Optimus Nova & Nova+ Multi Fuel Stove Recall

As a result of reports of fuel leakage from a damaged fuel line or O-ring, Katadyn North America is recalling some Optimus Nova and Nova+ multi fuel stoves and some spare parts kits.

Camping Stoves and Equipment Recalled by Katadyn North America Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Camping Stoves and Equipment
Units: About 5,300 in the United States and 2,400 in Canada
Importer: Katadyn North America Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.
Hazard: Damaged fuel lines and/or O-rings may cause fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: There are 70 reports of incidents involving the stove’s fuel line leaking or damage to O-rings. No injuries or fires have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Optimus Nova and Nova+ camping stoves and equipment, including the stove’s fuel pump and spare parts/repair kits. The stoves are black metal, measure about 6 inches in diameter and 3 ½ inches high and can be used with multiple types of fuel.
Stove serial numbers QA000011 through QA007313 are included in this recall. The serial
number and “Optimus” are printed on the side of the camping stove. Pumps and spare parts kits also were sold separately. Pumps have a green open/close valve. Spare parts kits model numbers include 80163051, 8520, 80176321 and 8511 and are printed on the packaging.
Sold at: Specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and Canada and on the Internet from January 2009 through September 2010 for between $150 and $180. The pumps and spare parts kits were also sold separately for between $15 and $50.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the camping stove and equipment and contact Katadyn to receive a free repair.

NEWS from CPSC and HC
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Katadyn at (800) 755-6701 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also register for the recall on the firm’s website at http://www.optimusstoves.com/usen/.
Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Optimus Nova Camping Stove Optimus Nova + Camping Stove Pump
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.

Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths
and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772, teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this press release and recall information at http://www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

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Optimus Camping Stoves & Equipment Recall

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My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to Optimus Nova & Nova+ Multi Fuel Stove Recall

  1. Sara Smith says:

    Hey, Just saw your video on the Sipsey Wilderness trip. I’m heading out that way mid FEB… 202 Randolph TH-209 Sipsey River TH. Do you have an estimated hiking duration for this route? I saw you brought along your son, “Twig”. How did he like your travels? Please respond via e-mail if you can. Thanks:)


    • Stick says:

      Sara, sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My wife and I hiked to 202 January before last coming from the Sipsey TH. It took us about 3 to 4 hours or so but we took our time and stopped at Falls Creek Falls for a while and then that was her first water crossing on that trip too. You can imagine how cold the water was in January… Anyway, that section can definitely be done faster if you don’t stop so much. I have not been down the 202 trail though so I cannot help you with that. IMO, the trails here are very easy trails to hike. No big climbs that I can remember. The only suggestion I make is to pay attention and watch for trail signs. The signs are only at trail heads but they can easily be missed. I am sure you will do fine though, just take your time and have fun. Chad


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