Nine additional manufacturers and distributors of pourable gel fuels were included in a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall announced on September 1, 2011. The hazard: the pourable fuels used in the decorative ceramic pots can ignite unexpectedly when poured into an already-burning pot. The CPSC has received reports of 65 incidents involving the gel fuels burning consumers. Two people have died and 34 victims were hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs, according to the CPSC.
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 the following companies:
- Bird Brain Inc., of Ypsilanti, Michigan
- Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, California
- Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
- Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nevada
- Lamplight Farms Inc. of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
- Pacific Décor Ltd. of Woodinwille, Washington
- Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Florida
Also in June, the CPSC alerted consumers to the hazards of pourable gel fuels. If you don't see your particular brand on either of these lists, don't assume it is without risk. All pourable gel fuel, regardless of manufacturer, poses flash fire hazards. Consumers should not try to use or fix pourable gel fuel bottles with homemade remedies, or replace the fuel with other flammable materials.
Recall: June 2011
Gel fuel used in those ceramic or stoneware gel fire pots that are popular on patio and deck table tops are being recalled by the CPSC. Napa Home & Garden gel fuel products can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and nearby objects when the gel is poured into a fire pot that is burning. The hazard can occur if a consumer does not see the flame or is unaware that the gel pot is still ignited.
Consumers are urged to stop using the gel fuel immediately. The gel fuel was sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond; Shopko; Restoration Hardware; specialty and gift shops; home and garden stores and catalogs; furniture stores; and through Amazon.com, home decorators and landscape architects between December 2009 and June 2011.
The recalled gel fuel products by Napa Home & Garden include:
- NapaFire Regular gel fuel; quart bottle
- NapaFire Regular gel fuel, gallon jug
- NapaFire Citronella gel fuel; quart bottle
- NapaFire Citronella gel fuel; gallon jug
- FireGel Regular gel fuel; quart bottle
- FireGel Citronella gel fuel; quart bottle
Consumers are urged to return all gel fuel bottles or jugs to the store at which they were purchased to receive a refund. The CPSC and Napa warns consumers to not dispose of the gel fuel by themselves because it is flammable.
Retailers are advised to stop selling existing inventory and immediately remove all stock of pourable gel fuels from store shelves. Some firms are working on a design for caps that may prevent flash fire hazards.
The CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please relate any experiences with the gel fuels at saferproducts.gov. Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.