Recall: Bird Brain BioFuel, Clear and Citronella Firepot Fuel Gels
On 2011-10-05, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Bird Brain BioFuel, Clear and Citronella Firepot Fuel Gels due to a potential fire and burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2008 for about $8 to $18.
About 2 million units are involved in this Bird Brain pourable gel fuel recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 10th recall of products in the Gel Fuel category in 2011.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 5 million product units.
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Phone: (877) 414-0842
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What is the problem?
The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say "Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel" or "BioFuel Fuel Gel." The bottles were sold as single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The following products are affected by this recall:
|Size||Model Name||Item Number||UPC|
|16 oz. Bottle||Firepot Clear Fuel Gel||11820010||03913803231-7|
|16 oz. Bottle||Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel||11820011||03913802866-2|
|32 oz. Bottle||Firepot Clear Fuel Gel||11820001|
|32 oz. Metal Can||Firepot Clear Fuel Gel||11820014|
|32 oz. Bottle||Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel||11820002|
|32 oz. Metal Can||Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel||11820020|
|32 oz. Bottle||BioFuel Gel||11820016||03913803322-2|
|64 oz. Bottle||Firepot Clear Fuel Gel||11820022||03913803304-8|
|64 oz. Bottle||Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel||11820023||03913803305-5|
Note: Additional brands of pourable fuel have been recalled.
These items were sold new+ at Sears, K-Mart, Target and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the company for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Bird Brain toll-free at (877)414-0842 anytime (live operators available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) or visit the company's website at www.birdbrainrecall.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Bird Brain is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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