Two Local Cos. Recall Products Over Safety Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Thursday announced two unrelated product recalls from two Twin Cities companies.
St. Paul-based Luminosities, Inc., which does business as Windflame, was one of nine manufacturers and distributors from across the country that voluntarily recalled an estimated 2 million units of pourable gel fuels.
The product can reportedly ignite unexpectedly and splash onto nearby people and objects when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning; the CPSC said it's aware of 65 such incidents-including two deaths and 34 hospitalizations from severe burns.
Luminosities told the Star Tribune that it has been notified of one incident related to its supply, and it did not result in an injury. The CPSC said that most serious incidents involved products made by Napa Home & Garden, which recalled its products in June.
“Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel,” the CPSC said in a statement.
The recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in scented and non-scented varieties, which have been sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20. They can be returned to the retailer from which they were purchased for a refund.
Separately, the CPSC said that Manhattan Group, LLC, a Minneapolis-based toy maker, recalled about 3,300 wooden rattles due to safety hazards.
The Twirlla Wooden Rattle is about 6 inches long, with a yellow ball at each end and two U-shaped pieces in the center. The U-shaped parts can reportedly break, posing a choking hazard. No incidents have been reported, but the CPSC said that consumers should stop using the product immediately.
The toys were sold at baby and gift stores and on ManhattanToy.com between March and July for about $12. The products can be returned to the store from which they were purchased, where customers may receive a full refund.