Consumer Alert: Fire, Explosion, Burn Hazards Spur Recall of Propane Gas

01/22/2011 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // Sandra Quinlan // Justice News Flash

Morris, IL—Aux Sable Liquid Products and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voluntarily recalled approximately 700 rail cars of Propane (LP) Gas sold in portable cylinders and delivered to storage tanks on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. The CPSC has urged consumers to contact the company to receive a free inspection and replacement propane cylinder if it is deemed necessary.

While the Illinois-based manufacturer has yet to receive any reports of injuries or adverse incidents related to the recalled product, the CPSC’s news release stated, “Some of this propane does not have sufficient levels of the odorant that is added to propane to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards to consumers.”

“This recall involves odorized propane gas delivered for storage tanks or sold in portable cylinders between February 25, 2010 and September 30, 2010. If the storage tank has been refilled or if the consumer has received additional propane since September 30, 2010, such propane is not included in this recall,” according to the recall notice.

The potentially dangerous propane gas was made available for purchase at propane retailers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia between February 25, 2010 and September 30, 2010.

Individuals who purchased the recalled propane (LP) gas during that time period have been advised to contact Aux Sable Liquid Products toll-free at (866) 473-7612 any time to schedule a complimentary inspection.

The company maintained they will give consumers more odorized propane or a replacement portable propane cylinder if inspectors find that there is insufficient odorant in the propane gas.

Consumers may also feel free to visit the company’s propane alert website at www.PropaneGasAlert.com.

The CPSC warned consumers to leave their house if they smell even a slight odor of gas that could be attributed to a gas leak, adding that they should NOT try to test the propane gas themselves.

Also, consumers are urged not to use their house phones, light matches, turn on lights or switch on anything electrical if they smell gas and suspect a gas leak.

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