Another Firm Recalls Pourable Fuel Gel over Fie and Burn Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced another Pourable Fuel Gel recall. This time, 23,400 bottles of defective Pourable Fuel Gel are involved.

The Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles were manufactured in the United States by 2 Burn Inc., of Milwaukee; distributed by Evergreen Enterprises of Richmond, Virginia; and sold at independent retailers from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $9.99 and $11.99.

The recalled Fireside pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is unaware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal. To date, Evergreen Enterprises is not aware of any reports of incidents involving its Fireside Gel Fuel.

This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles, by the case in quantities of 12, and sold with and without citronella oil. The words “Fireside,” “Gel Fuel,” “Evergreen,” and “Flag & Garden” are on the container labels. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel or ceramic cup in the center of ceramic or glass firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are being recalled:

• Fireside Gel Fuel: Model Number 5G001, UPC 746851581199
• Fireside Gel Fuel-Citronella: Model Number 5G002, UPC 746851581205

The firm is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Pourable Gel Fuel and return the gel fuel to Evergreen Enterprises for a full refund. The firm can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.558.1511 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.myevergreen.com.

We just reported that another large fuel gel recall was announced involving about 39,000 bottles of Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel. In that case, the Marshall Group received four reports of incidents, resulting in three injuries with burns requiring hospitalization. We also previously 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 recently.

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 here.

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