WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, announced a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies. Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel.
The recall involves an estimated 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, which were sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20 by the companies listed below.
Consumers can contact these firms to obtain instructions for a refund of the product and for returning unused bottles and jugs:
- Bird Brain of Ypsilanti, Mich.
- Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.
- Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
- Fuel Barons of Lake Tahoe, Nev.
- Lamplight Farms of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
- Luminosities (Windflame) of St. Paul, Minn.
- Pacific Décor of Woodinwille, Wash.
- Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
- Smart Solar of Oldsmar, Fla.
The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. CPSC is aware of 65 incidents resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.