According to news sources, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aiming to make gel fuels and firepots safer for consumers by voting to begin publishing advance notices of proposed rulemaking to the public.
Consumers using gel fuel run burn risks when pouring it into an already lit firepot, since the gel can unexpectedly ignite and splash onto the users face or body. There have already been about 65 incidents reported between April 2010 through September 2011 relating to the use of the product. Of those incidents, two resulted in death and about 34 cases resulted in second and third degree burns of different body parts.
The measure would allow the public 60 days from the time of publication of any proposed rules to discuss the different safety aspects as well as the risks involved with using the product.
The CPSC began the process of investigating burn accidents resulting from the use of firegel products last June.
As a personal injury attorney Los Angeles, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a product liability lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.