In a news release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with the Marshall Group, announced the voluntary recall of Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel due to the potential burn hazard the product poses to consumers.
This recall affects approximately 39,000 bottles of Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel packaged in 32 oz. clear plastic bottles, sold both with and without citronella. The label on the container reads “PatioGlo bio-fuel gel” or “Citronella PatioGlo” and were available in gift shops, home and garden stores and online nationwide from November 2010 until August 2011. The recall was initiated after it was found that the gel fuel could ignite without warning and splash onto people and nearby object when poured into a firepot that is still burning. If the consumer is unable to see the flame or unaware that it is still burning, the gel presents a serious burn hazard to the consumer that can be fatal.
The Marshall Group has received four incident reports, three of which resulted in burn injuries that required hospitalization. Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the product to the company for a full refund.
As a Bellingham personal injury attorney, I’ve seen similar recalls and know the severity of the dangers these products pose. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the legal avenues open to you.