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CPSC Recalls Fire Pots Upon Urging of Lisa Madigan

Amid growing concerns of the safety of fuel gel products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers of fuel gel products, issued a recall of all pourable gel fuels.   Fuel gel is a combustible liquid used in fire pots and ornamental vases in lieu of a candle and is commonly used to repel mosquitos and other outdoor insects.

The fuel gels pose serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers pour additional fuel gel into an already burning fire pot, which can cause the fuel gel to ignite unexpectedly and splash onto people or objects nearby. The CPSC reports that it is aware of 65 incidents to date, resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.  Twenty-eight of the incidents occurred with fuel gel products made by Napa Home & Garden, which recalled its products in June 2011.

The CPSC has instructed consumers to stop using all pourable fuel gel immediately, as all pourable gel fuel poses a flash fire hazard, regardless of the manufacturer.

Concerns about the safety of pourable fuel gels were first brought to the attention of the CPSC by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in June when she warned consumers about the risk of life-threatening burns associated with the fuel gels.   At a news conference on August 10, 2001, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged the CPSC to recall and ban fuel gel products.

In addition to the previous recall of fuel gel products manufactured by Napa Home & Garden, the most recent recall involves an estimated 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels that have been sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20, packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and made in both scented and non-scented formulations, and were manufactured by the following companies:


  • Bird Brain Inc.

  • Bond Manufacturing

  • Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.)

  • Fuel Barons Inc.

  • Lamplight Farms Inc

  • Luminosities Inc (Windflame)

  • Pacific Décor Ltd.

  • Real Flame

  • Smart Solar Inc.


Consumers can contact the aforementioned manufacturers to obtain instructions on how to receive a refund of the product and how to return unused bottles and jugs of pourable fuel gel.  Consumers can also contact the CPSC to report incidents or injuries that are directly related to the use of these products at www.saferproducts.gov.

If your or a loved one has been injured using one of the pourable fuel gel or a fire pot, you may wish to contact the experienced Illinois product liability attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to learn about a possible personal injury or product liability claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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