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Caravan and motorhome owners have been warned about “deadly” faulty water heaters.

Caravan and motor home owners have been warned about deadly faulty water heaters that may emit hazardous levels of carbon monoxide.

Ahead of the holiday season, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging people to check their caravans and recreational vehicles for "dangerous suburban-branded water heaters".

Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death, and exposure even for a short amount of time can lead to serious injuries, the ACCC has warned.

Many grey nomads are reported to have travelled north while they were able to cross state borders.

And caravan and motorhome enthusiasts are being reminded that carbon monoxide has no smell and is unlikely to be detected.

It is also highly flammable and can explode on contact with a spark or flame.

The Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC) and the ACCC are raising awareness of the need for repair of thousands of water heaters.

"Do not use the affected water heaters in gas mode under any circumstances," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

"It's especially important to check your caravan's water heater as soon as possible if you plan to go away during the summer holidays. It only takes a minute and it could save the lives of your loved ones."

The safety warning came after Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure, of NSW, notified a recall for Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heaters last November due to safety hazards.

The supplier sold 18,139 heaters across all states and territories, mostly in caravans and recreational vehicles. Approved replacement heaters have now been acquired.

Owners can check if their heater is affected by opening the exterior access door to the hot water service and checking the model and serial number located on the right hand side. They should then enter the serial number at the Coast to Coast website.

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Anyone with an affected water heater should urgently contact Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure on (02) 9645 7685. The company will arrange for a licensed gas fitter to inspect their water heater free of charge.

Source: 9News

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