On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Health Canada announced the recall of certain refillable propane cylinders that pose a risk of explosion and fire.
YSN Imports, of Gardena, California, which distributes the propane cylinders, has received at least two reports of connecting valves unscrewing from Flame King, Little Kamper and U-Haul-brand propane cylinders, according to the CPSC.
If the connecting valve is not secure, gas could leak, causing an explosion or fire. The fire could result in injuries or property damage. According to the CPSC, to date no injuries have been reported in connection with this recall.
The product attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are available to answer questions from consumers who have concerns about the defective propane cylinders.
The refillable propane cylinders are designed for use with outdoor appliances like barbecue grills and portable stoves. The recalled propane cylinders include:
- Flame King 14.1 oz. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
- Flame King 16.4 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
- Little Kamper 16 oz. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
- U-Haul 1 lb. blue (serial numbers 000001 through 004700)
- U-Haul 1 lb. green (serial numbers 000001 through 020800)
According to the CPSC, about 24,000 of the possibly defective cylinders were sold in the U.S. and another 1,100 were sold in Canada. The propane cylinders were manufactured in Thailand.
The cylinders were sold at stores including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Kamps, Propane Depot, U-Haul and others. The cylinders were also sold online at Amazon.com and through other websites from November 2013 through September 2016. The price was between $10 and $15 each.
CPSC Recommendations for Consumers
The CPSC recall notice advises consumers to immediately stop using any of the recalled propane cylinders they have on hand. The agency said consumers should contact YSN Imports for a full refund or a replacement propane cylinder.
Legal Help for Consumers Who Purchased Defective Propane Cylinders
If you have purchased one of the potentially defective propane cylinders or a gas leak from a cylinder has caused a fire, please contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. To reach the firm, fill out the contact form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).