Banana Boat sunscreen recalled due to fire risk

by Jim Orr

In June of this year, Brett Sigworth sprayed himself with sunscreen and then walked over to his barbecue grill. It appears that flammable chemicals used in the aerosol spray then caught on fire. Sigworth suffered severe burns on his chest, ear and back.

Now, after receiving reports of five people catching on fire after applying the company’s aerosol sunscreen products, the maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion.

Sunscreen itself is not usually flammable. But like hairsprays, spray deodorants, insecticides, paints and other products that can be sprayed out of a can or bottle, sunscreen can become flammable when used in aerosol form.

The problem here may be caused by the spray valve applying too much 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,” according to a statement by the maker of the recalled sunscreen.

Although the products include the types of warnings that customers are used to seeing with aerosol spray products (i.e., “Keep away from sources of ignition — no smoking.”), the warnings do not suggest you should keep away from flames even after you have finished spraying/applying the sunscreen.

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen, Energizer Holdings Inc., 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.

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

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of any sunscreen product catching on fire, you have important legal rights. For a free legal consultation from an attorney about your case, contact our firm at 1-877-446-9001 and tell us what happened, or you may send us an email by completing our free online contact form.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.