In a news release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million units of various Bird Brain gel fuels and fluids due to their potential burn and fire hazards. The jelly-like fuels have been reported to splash and ignite when they’re poured into lit firepots, potentially resulting in serious burn injuries to unsuspecting consumers.
This recall is an expansion of an ongoing investigation and series of recalls concerning fuel gels and fluids over the past several months. In June, the CPSC initiated an investigation into the hazards of firepot fuels, which resulted in the recall of Napa Home & Garden gel fuels. One month ago, the commission issued a much broader recall encompassing roughly 2 million bottles of fuel gels from a variety of manufacturers, including Bird Brain. This recall concerns various Bird Brain gel fuels available at major retailers like Sears, K-Mart, Target and online, as well as independent retailers from October 2008 through August of this year in individual bottles and multiple-bottle packages. It affects the following Bird Brain products, 16 ounce bottles, 32 ounce bottles and 32 ounce metal cans of Firepot Clear Fuel Gel and Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel, 32 ounce bottles of BioFuel Gel and 64 ounce bottles of Firepot Clear Fuel Gel and Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel.
The company has been informed of 20 incidents related to their fuel gels and 11 injuries that involved burns ranging in severity from first to third-degree. Consumers are being asked to immediately stop using the flammable gel fuels and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen fuel gel recalls in the past and know the dangers associated with the product. I hope that this information helps to educate our community on those dangers in the effort of keeping everyone safe. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights in the matter.