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Katadyn Products Inc. Recalls Optimus Multifuel Expedition Stoves due to Fire Hazard


Katadyn Products Inc. announces voluntary recall of certain Optimus stoves.

WALLISELLEN-ZURICH, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 – Katadyn Products Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of some Optimus Nova and Optimus Nova+ Multifuel Expedition Stoves sold between January 2009 and September 2010. Consumers should stop using these recalled stoves immediately.

Name of Product: Optimus Nova and Optimus Nova+ Multifuel Expedition Stoves
Units: About 11,500
Manufacturer: Katadyn Products Inc., Wallisellen-Zurich, Switzerland

Why is some Optimus Expedition Stoves being recalled?

Hazard: The conditions described below, which result in torn or expanded O-Rings, can cause fuel leakage and create a fire hazard to consumers. A sharp edge left over from tooling for the quick-action coupling and  the ON/OFF fuel supply valve of the pump may cause the O-rings to tear. Also, the O-rings used in the fuel hose and in the ON/OFF valve on some stoves can expand with the use of certain kinds of fuel. Some Nova stoves of the latest production lots may have fuel hoses which are not completely crimped and could get detached.

Incidents/Injuries: While Katadyn has received around 50 reports of fuel leakage, no fires, property damage or injuries have occurred.

Which products is affected?

Description: This recall involves the Optimus Nova and Nova+ stoves described below which include a durable metal pump and spare parts sets. The recalled products include: Optimus Nova Multifuel Stove (Art. No. 8016276), Optimus Nova+ Multifuel Stove (Art. No. 8016277), Optimus Pump for Nova and Nova+ (Art. No. 8017904), Optimus Nova and Nova+ Spare Parts Set Light (Art. No. 8016305 + 8520), Optimus Repair Kit Nova and Nova+ (Art. No. 8017632+ 8511). The Art. No. can be found on the product packaging.

All the affected stoves have a black burner housing and a QA No. from QA000011 to QA007313. The QA No. of the stove is located on the side of the black burner housing. Nova and Nova+ stoves with silver burner housing have no QA No. and are not affected by the recall.

Sold at: Specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers and on the internet from January 2009 through September 2010 for between € 15 and € 150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Katadyn Products Inc. to receive replacement parts.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Katadyn Products Inc. in Switzerland toll-free at +800 67 84 68 70 between 8 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CET
 Monday through Friday. Consumers may also file their claims on the special website www.optimusstoves.com/en/service/nova-recall.

Katadyn Products Inc. will repair all affected Nova and Nova+ stoves. But as the available volumes of some of the replacement parts are limited, Katadyn cannot guarantee an immediate return. The exchange of all stoves involved could take several months.

Katadyn Products Inc. is committed to the highest safety standards and quality for all of its Optimus brand products. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this replacement program.

About Katadyn Products Inc.

The Swiss Katadyn company is the world’s Number One for individual water purification systems and products, with a global market share exceeding 50 percent. Katadyn has been developing water filters, chlorine and silver-based sterilizing agents, and mobile desalinators for the trekking and marine markets for over 80 years now. Numerous international relief organizations and special army units rely on the products of Katadyn for survival and life saving. The company has further diversified by adding two other outdoor market brands: “Trek’n Eat”, the Number One for freeze-dried outdoor and expedition foods in Europe and the Swedish brand Optimus with its range of outdoor stoves and accessories.

At the end of 2009 Katadyn expanded its sphere of operations into the industrial and municipal water treatment sector by acquiring a majority stake in AQUAFIDES Switzerland and Germany

Katadyn is headquartered in Wallisellen-Zürich, Switzerland, and operates subsidiaries and sales offices in Germany, France, the U.S.A., Sweden, and Singapore. The group employs some 100 persons worldwide and achieved a turnover of roughly 38 million Swiss Francs in 2009.

For more information, please contact:

Katadyn Produkte AG  
Mrs. Viola Frey    Telefon: +41 44 839 21 16
Corporate Communications  Mobil: +41 79 249 53 71
Birkenweg 4, 8304 Wallisellen-Zurich/Switzerland     viola.frey@katadyn.ch
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