In a news statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Evergreen Enterprises, announced the voluntary recall of the company’s Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles due to the potential burn and flash fire hazards they present to consumers.
This recall affects approximately 23,400 bottles of Fireside Gel Fuel in 30-ounce bottles. The gel fuel was available with and without citronella. They can be identified by the words “Fireside”, “Gel Fuel”, “Evergreen” and “Flag & Garden” that appear on the container labels. The recall only affects the bottles sold in cases of 12. The gel fuel is intended for use in stainless steel or ceramic cups in the center of ceramic and glass firepots for ignition. The gel fuel was available at independent retailer nationwide from December 2010 through September 2011.
The pourable gel fuel was found to ignite without warning and splatter onto people and nearby objects when added to an already-lit firepot. The burn and flash fire hazards exist when the consumer is unaware or unable to see that the firepot is already lit. Neither the CPSC nor Evergreen Enterprises is aware of any injuries that have occurred in connection with this recall.
Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the gel fuel and return the bottle to the company for a full refund.
As an Olympia personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and understand the severity of the dangers they pose to consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to consult a personal injury lawyer in your area.