The makers of Banana Boat sunscreen recently issued a voluntary recall of approximately 500,000 bottles of continuous spray-on canisters after at least five individuals allegedly caught fire while using the products. According to reports, Banana Boat UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense, and UltraMist Kids SPF 30 and SPF 50 may ignite if a consumer nears an open flame or other spark before the product fully dries. In response to safety concerns, the maker of Banana Boat products, Energizer Holdings Company, reportedly removed a total of 23 products from store shelves on October 19th. Additionally, the company urged anyone who has purchased the recalled products to immediately stop using them. The current recall does not apply to Banana Boat lotions which apparently contain fewer chemicals that may ignite when exposed to an open flame.
All five of the alleged consumer burn injuries occurred within the last year. Four Americans and one Canadian were reportedly injured as a result of using Banana Boat spray-on products. Following an internal investigation, Energizer Holdings purportedly discovered the company’s spray-on sunscreen applicator was delivering more sunscreen than the industry standard. As a result, the sunscreen allegedly became more likely to ignite because it took longer to dry. Banana Boat has reportedly sold in excess of 20 million spray-on sunscreen bottles since the company introduced the UltraMist line of products in 2010. The makers of Banana Boat stated the company expects to reintroduce modified spray-on sunscreen products again in the future.
According to Dan Dillard, the Executive Director at the Burn Prevention Network, the organization received two burn reports related to spray-on sunscreen products earlier this year. One man allegedly received second and third degree burns when he ignited while standing near a barbeque grill after applying a Banana Boat spray-on product. The other involved a woman who also received second and third degree burns when she reportedly ignited after using the products while working with welding equipment. Dillard stated the organization received no reports of sunscreen-related burn injuries prior to 2012.
Anyone who was injured by a Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen product is urged to file a MedWatch report with the nation’s Food and Drug Administration. Potential lawsuits against Banana Boat and other spray-on sunscreen manufacturers are currently being evaluated throughout the nation. If you or a family member was hurt after using a dangerous or defective product, it is a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able.
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