Banana Boat makers recall sunscreen after users catch on fire

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, October 19, 2012 16:04 EDT
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The company behind the Banana Boat sunscreen line is recalling some of its spray-on products after reports of people catching on fire after using them.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Energizer Holdings is pulling nearly two dozen products in its UltraMist spray-on tan line after five people — four in the U.S. and one in Canada — reported that they caught on fire after standing near an open flame following application of the product.

In a statement, the company said UltraMists’s spray valve is over-applying the product, making it more flammable because it takes longer to dry.

“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.

CBS News reported in June that several customers reported catching on fire after using a Banana Boat spray-on tanner while standing near his barbeque.

“There is no warning that says this product is flammable when applied to your skin or for a period of time when applied to skin,” said one of the burn victims, Brett Sigworth. “I think if people were told this is flammable for two minutes on your skin afterward, people wouldn’t use it.”

Watch CBS’ report on Sigworth’s experience, originally broadcast on June 5, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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