Fuel Gel Recall Announced for All Manufacturers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finally announced a recall for all fuel gel products that are used in ceramic fire pots. These gels are used to provide a torch-like, decorative flame that provides ambiance on patios, etc. This recall follows the Napa Home and Garden, Inc. product recall from June.
The danger from the firepots occurs when fuel gel is poured into the pot and consumers are unaware that the pot is still lit. Our NY personal injury attorneys warned consumers in Binghamton in June that they should not use these or any other fire gels and should immediately return these hazardous fuel gel products.
All 9 of the manufacturers and distributors of fuel gels cooperated with the CPSC recognizing that their products posed a similar fire and flash-burn hazard to consumers. The CPSC provides links to the websites of all of the product brands for details on returning the gels. The firms are:
- Bird Brain Inc., of Ypsilanti, Mich.
- Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.
- Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
- Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nev.
- Lamplight Farms Inc of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
- Luminosities Inc (Windflame) of St. Paul, Minn.
- Pacific Décor Ltd. of Woodinville, Wash.
- Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
- Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Fla.
These fire gel products involve approximately 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in scented and non-scented formulations. They were sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20 by the companies listed above.
In two separate incidents in NY, consumers suffered serious burns after the Napa brand gels were poured in the aluminum well of the fuel pots. At that time, none of the other gels were recalled though the safety commission issued a warning about their potential dangers.
Other injuries were reported when the pourable gel fuel ignited unexpectedly and splattered onto people and objects nearby. This typically occurred when the consumer would fill the pot thinking the fire had burned completely out and the pot was already empty of fuel gel.
The injury attorneys at the law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law encourage all New Yorkers to immediately stop using the firepots with any brand fuel gel and follow the instructions on the CPSC website for returning the products.
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