Giving a whole new meaning to the term “sunburn,” a recall is underway for some half-million bottles of Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen after a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with an open flame.
That’s right – your sunscreen might potentially BURST INTO FLAMES.
Energizer Holdings (the maker of Banana Boat products) announced Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves due to what they called “adverse events.”
The problem appears to be caused by UltraMist’s spray valve, which is over-applying the 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,” said Energizer in a statement.
The recall includes aerosol products like UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids.
So far, there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada.
Energizer said it is ordering retailers not to sell the sprays and has notified the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers who purchased the products are being told (obviously) not to use them. More information is available from the manufacturer at 1-800-SAFESUN.