I have just created a service bulletin due to Paul Dye's forced landing in his RV-3. As Paul said in the original post the handle is safe if installed according to instructions. As also stated, I agree that a product that leaves no margin for error in installation procedure is asking for trouble, and if Paul can miss it anyone can. When we first started selling the handle we supplied it with the key locktited in place. When it was obvious that there was a demand for the 'backwards' style we made a simple change that allowed installation in both directions, but then we could not locktite the screw it. Going forward we will likely sell two versions so this is not a problem, however with hundreds out on the market the potential safety issue must be addressed. It is good to know that with what has happened, both Paul and Louise feel confident in the product in their aircraft when installed correctly.
There are two big things to get out of the S.B. First, there is no reason to wait to locktite the setscrew. Second, if you have the handle or know someone who does have one check it right now.
The original instructions (not yet edited for locktite emphasis) are found here:
The service bulletin is found here:
NOTE: This is not the Andair Valve, but is a handle that goes on the stock fuel valve that comes in the kit.