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Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to fire risk

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. HST, Oct 19, 2012



WASHINGTON » The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling some of its spray-on products after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the lotion and coming in contact with an open flame. 

Energizer Holdings said Friday that  it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves due to the risk of the lotion igniting when exposed to fire. 

The recall includes aerosol products like UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids.

A company spokesman said there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada. 

The sunscreens are sold by a number of retail outlets, including Walmart, Walgreens and Longs Drugs/CVS.

More than 20 million units have been sold since UltraMist launched in 2010, the spokesman said.

Energizer said in a statement that the problem appears to be caused by UltraMist’s spray valve, which is overapplying the product. As a result the lotion is taking longer to dry, which raises the flammability risk.

“If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite,” the company said.

UltraMist’s label warns users: “Do not use in the presence of a flame or spark. Keep away from sources of ignition — no smoking.”

The company said it has notified the Food and Drug Administration about the voluntary recall.

Consumers who purchased the products are being told not to use them. More information is available from the manufacturer at 1-800-SAFESUN.





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