Another Firm Recalls Fuel Gel

Another large recall of fuel gel has been announced. This time, about 39,000 bottles of Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The defective Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel was manufactured in the United States by the Marshall Group, of Elkhart, Indiana and sold at gift shops, home and garden stores, and online stores nationwide from November 2010 until August 2011 for between $7.99 and $11.99.

The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and expel onto people and objects nearby when poured into a burning firepot. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is unaware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that expels and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal. To date, the Marshall Group has received four reports of incidents, resulting in three injuries with burns requiring hospitalization.

This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 32-ounce clear plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container says “PatioGlo bio-fuel gel” or “Citronella PatioGlo.” The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are included in this recall:

• Model number PG-32; SKU 845095015023
• Model number PGC-32 (citronella); SKU 845095015030

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Marshall Gardens pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all the bottles to the company for a full refund. The Marshall Group can be reached by email at; by calling, toll-free, at 1.855.270.8482 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday; or at its website at

We recently wrote about a massive recall of Bird Brain Gel Fuel over burn and fire hazards. The Bird Brain Fuel Gel recall is part of a much larger recall action involving nine firms that we reported on last month.

We’ve been following reports about a number of serious injuries and at least one massive recall of pourable gel fuel. Nine more manufacturers announced recalls of pourable gel fuel, citing burn and flash fire hazards. The recall is for all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these 9 companies and involves an estimated 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels. Information regarding the original September fuel gel recall announcement can be found at:

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