According to the WebMD.com, Energizer Holdings, the manufacturer of Banana Boat sunscreen, is recalling certain aerosol products due to the risk that the sunscreen will ignite if it comes in contact with an open flame.
There have been five reports of people catching fire during or after applying the spray-on sunscreen when in proximity to an open flame. Four of these fire burn cases occurred in the United States and one occurred in Canada. One of these incidents involved a man who was standing near a barbecue grill and another included a woman who was working with welding equipment. Both of these incidents resulted in second- and third-degree burn injuries.
The recall includes the following aerosol sunscreens:
- UltraMist Sport
- UltraMist Ultra Defense
- UltraMist Kids
More than 20 million of these products have been sold since 2010 when Banana Boat launched its UltraMist product line. The fire hazard has been attributed to a defective spray valve, which is allowing the release of an excessive amount of the sunscreen. As a result, the sunscreen is taking a longer time to dry, increasing the flammability risk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been notified of the recall.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above products should not use them. Additional information is available from the manufacturer at (800) SAFESUN.
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