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Banana Boat sunscreen a possible fire risk

10/19/2012 05:20 EDT | Updated 12/19/2012 05:12 EST
The maker of continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products has issued a recall due to a risk that the product could ignite on the skin if it is exposed to a flame or spark before drying.

Energizer Canada Inc. announced a voluntary withdrawal of the products in Canada and the U.S. on Friday.

The company has received four reports of adverse events involving burns associated with the continuous spray products in the U.S., and one in Canada.

“Energizer believes that this issue is associated with the product delivery system, specifically the size of the spray valve opening on the affected products,” a press release from the company said.

“The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays.”

Burn experts said Friday the problem appears to be extremely rare.

"We've found no evidence of this happening before the incidents that came to our attention," said Dan Dillard, executive director of the Burn Prevention Network. Dillard's group was contacted earlier in the year about two burns related to UltraMist. One case involved a man who was standing near a barbecue grill, the other case involved a woman working with welding equipment. Both cases resulted in second- and third-degree burns.

Dillard pointed out that the ingredients used in aerosol sprays are known to be flammable.

"The alcohol and petroleum products listed on the containers are flammable, so the only thing you're missing in the heat triangle is an ignition source," Dillard said.

The affected Banana Boat products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retailers between January 2010 and Sept. 30, 2012.

Consumers who may have the products at home are advised not to use them. Those with questions or complaints can contact Energizer at 1-888-SUN-TIPS (1-888-786-8477) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, or by sending an email to SUNCARE@customerfollowup.info.

Affected products include:

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 15 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965600979-8

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965600878-4

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965600955-2

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604626-7

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965600956-9

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Family Size Continuous Spray, 9.5 oz., 7965605167-4

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965600933-0

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 50 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604492-8

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 50 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965604549-9

- Banana Boat UltraMist Kids SPF 50 Clear Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604495-9

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965604551-2

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50+ Continuous Spray, 9.5 oz., 7965605110-0

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 85 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604654-0

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 85 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604665-6

- Banana Boat UltraMist Kids SPF 85 Continuous Spray, 6 oz., 7965604916-9

- Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965604677-9

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8 oz., 7965604679-3

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SFP 30 Continuous Spray 2pk, 6 oz., 7965605374-6

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray 2pk, 6 oz., 7965605028-8

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray 2pk, 6 oz. w/Sport Lotion & Lip, 7965605389-0

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray, 8 oz. w/Sport Lip Balm, 7965607951-7

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray, 6 oz. $1 Instant Redeemable Coupon, 7965607975-3

- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray 3ct, 6 oz.

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