|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (813) 343-5770
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Note: The following press release provides consumers with safety information that was originally announced on September 1, 2011 in release #11-315.
Smart Solar Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Smart Jel Gel Fuel bottles
Units: About 1,400 bottles
Manufacturer/Distributor: Smart Solar Inc., of Oldsmar, Fla.
Hazard: The 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 not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella. The label on the container says “Smart Garden” and “SmartJel.” The fuel is poured into a metal cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products included in this recall:
||SmartJel Citronella Formula IPA Gel Refill
||SmartJel Unscented Formula IPA Gel Refill
Sold at: Online and selected specialty stores from January 2011 through June 2011 for between $10 and $20.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles to the company for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Smart Solar at (813) 343-5770 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.smartsolar.com
This firm is part of a larger set of pourable gel fuel recalls. For more information, please see:
News Release: Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards (Sept. 1, 2011)
News Release: Napa Home & Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards (June 22, 2011)
OnSafety Blog: Stop Using Pourable Gel Fuels (June 22, 2011)
Alert: Press Statement on Gel Fuels and Other Illuminating Fuels (June 14, 2011)
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