Bird Brain Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2011
Release #12-002

Revised July 29, 2013

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

Note: Firm is out of business.

Bird Brain 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: Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel Fuel Gel

Units: About 1.6 million bottles and cans

Distributor: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich.

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: Bird Brain is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns.

Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say “Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel” or “BioFuel Fuel Gel.” The bottles were sold as single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall:

SizeModel NameItem NumberUPC
16 oz. Bottle Firepot Clear Fuel Gel 11820010 03913803231-7
16 oz. Bottle Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel 11820011 03913802866-2
32 oz. Bottle Firepot Clear Fuel Gel 11820001
11820006
11820007
11820008
11820013
11820024
03913805081-6
03913805081-6
03913805081-6
03913805081-6
03913803591-2
03913807473-7
32 oz. Metal Can Firepot Clear Fuel Gel 11820014
11820018
03913803160-0
03913803160-0
32 oz. Bottle Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel 11820002
11820009
11820028
03913805082-3
03913805082-3
03913803592-9
32 oz. Metal Can Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel 11820020
11820019
03913803161-7
03913803161-7
32 oz. Bottle BioFuel Gel 11820016 03913803322-2
64 oz. Bottle Firepot Clear Fuel Gel 11820022 03913803304-8
64 oz. Bottle Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel 11820023 03913803305-5

 

Sold at: Sears, K-Mart, Target and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136.

Manufactured in: U.S. and China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots. Consumers should discard the pourable gel fuel and bottles in accordance with local and/or state environmental regulation(s).

 

Picture of recalled Bio Fuel Pourable Gel FuelPicture of recalled Firepot Clear Pourable Gel FuelPicture of recalled Firepot Citronella Pourable Gel Fuel

Picture of recalled Firepot Clear Pourable Gel FuelPicture of recalled Firepot Citronella Pourable Gel FuelPicture of recalled Firepot Citronella Pourable Gel Fuel

Picture of recalled Firepot Clear Pourable Gel FuelPicture of recalled Firepot Citronella Pourable Gel Fuel

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)