Manchester Propane Cylinders Recalled for Fire Hazard Leaks

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on April 17, 2013

A recall was recently issued for 100-pound propane cylinders manufactured by the Manchester Tank & Equipment Company. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a total of approximately 7,500 units have been recalled due to a defect posing a fire hazard.

The recalled cylinders were manufactured from January through September 2012. Reports indicate that due to the defect, fuel can leak from the thread connection between the cylinder and the valve.  If the leaked fuel is exposed to an ignition source, it could result in fire or explosion.

Recalled products can be identified by the date of manufacture printed on the collar of the cylinder; with month and date noted. The CPSC points out the example that the stamp “6*12” means June 2012. Additionally, the name Manchester and the water capacity WC238# are pressed into the cylinder’s collar.

The cylinders are 41 inches tall and 15 inches in diameter and colored gray. Cylinders with a green dot on the hand wheel at the top of the product are not part of the recall. The recalled cylinders were sold at propane dealers, distributors, and hardware stores from January 2012 through March 2013, and cost between $140 and $170.

It is advised that consumers immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Manchester or go to the firm’s website at www.mantank.com for instructions on how to have the cylinder inspected by a dealer. That inspection will determine if a repair is needed.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, it is important that you fully understand your rights; and determine if a manufacturer is possibly responsible for the accident and resulting injuries. Through a consultation with the defective product attorneys at Blume Forte, you can learn more about product liability laws and how you may have a potential meritorious claim under them. We can be reached by calling (973) 635-5400.

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