Our Servel Refrigerators Are Safe
There has been some concern about the safety of old Servel
refrigerators. Our Servel refrigerators are completely safe. The ones of
concern were manufactured between 1933 and 1957 and can leak carbon
monoxide in deadly quantities. However, those Servel refrigerators are
in no way connected to the Servel refrigerators sold by Oasis Montana
and manufactured by the Dometic Corporation. (See news release from the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.) If you have an old Servel
refrigerator, you may want to consider purchasing a new one to replace
CPSC Warns That Old Servel Gas Refrigerators Still In Use Can Be Deadly
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 22, 1998
Release # 98-145
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Government safety experts continue to warn consumers
to stop using Servel gas refrigerators manufactured between 1933 and
1957 due to the risk of carbon monoxide leakage in deadly quantities.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports there have
been at least 39 incidents in the U.S. involving these old Servel gas
refrigerators, causing 22 carbon monoxide-related deaths and 55 injuries
nationwide. There also have been incidents reported in Ontario, Canada,
causing 60 deaths.
Because historical sales and distribution records of these early Servel
models are unavailable, it is not possible to determine who still owns
and uses these refrigerators. The Servels continue to be used in hunting
cabins, vacation cottages and remote areas of the nation where there is
no electricity, or where gas is the preferred energy source.
Over a period of time, especially if the refrigerator has not been used
recently, the gas burner can be fouled by dust, dirt, rust or other
obstructions. Any gas refrigerator with an improperly adjusted or
partially plugged burner can produce substantial amounts of carbon
Consumers can call the Servel Corrective Action Committee (SCAC) toll
free at (800) 782-7431 anytime to receive a rebate package that includes
instructions for disposing of their Servel gas refrigerator. Consumers
who properly dispose of their old Servels will receive a $100 rebate
plus reimbursement for reasonable disposal costs.
Since this recall program was launched in 1990, more than 22,000
refrigerators have been destroyed. On average, 100 new requests for
rebates are mailed to SCAC monthly, demonstrating that there are still
many more in use.
Consumers who insist on keeping their old Servel refrigerators should
move them to an outdoor shelter, shed or garage not connected to the
house or cottage. CPSC urges owners to secure or restrict access to
refrigerators kept outside and, when discarding any refrigerator, to
remove its door. This will prevent children from playing in the
refrigerator and possibly getting trapped and suffocating inside.
CPSC advises that all gas refrigerators be serviced regularly by
licensed technicians in order to assure their safe operation. They also
should be inspected after they are moved and before they are turned on
after a seasonal shutdown. Special attention should be paid to blockages
in burners and flues.
No longer in business, Servel manufactured gas refrigerators between
1933 and 1957. The Servel refrigerators in question are no longer being
produced and are in no way associated with the Dometic Corp., the
current manufacturer of Servel brand name products.