Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of more than 23,400 bottles of Fireside Gel Fuel produced by Evergreen Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Richmond, Va.
The batch was recalled due to alarming reports from consumers of burn injuries and fire hazards. The recalled gel fuel includes pourable gel sold in 30-ounce plastic bottles with or without citronella from December 2010 to September 2011.
This withdrawn batch follows another gel fuel recall on June 22, 2011, of nearly half a million bottles of pourable gel fuel used in Napa Firelites and produced by Napa Home and Garden. The CPSC recalled that line of gel fuel after 37 reported incidents and 23 serious burn injuries. The burn victims spanned in age, from toddlers to baby boomers, and the reported injuries involved second and third degree burns.
Evergreen Enterprises advises consumers to stop using the recalled gel fuel and return the bottles for a full refund. Patrons are also encouraged to report incidents to the CPSC website, www.SaferProducts.gov, which provides consumers with the ability to quickly report potential hazards.
"While the average consumer believes that a product on the market has been adequately tested and approved for safety, approximately $700 billion is spent each year as a result of injuries, property damages and deaths caused by unsafe or defective consumer products," said firepot injury lawyer David Hoyle in his article published by The Safety Report.
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