Popular sunscreen recalled; can catch fire on skin

Posted at 10/20/2012 8:48 AM | Updated as of 10/22/2012 10:41 AM

CHICAGO, Illinois - The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen recalled 23 spray-on products Friday saying there was a risk they could catch fire on one's skin, after reports of five people being burned in the US and Canada.

Energizer Holdings said it was recalling its popular continuous spray sunscreen "due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry."

It cited a likely problem with the size of the spray valve opening that allows more of the volatile product to be sprayed on the skin than usual.

"As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays.

"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 four incidents reported in the United States and one in Canada involved the use of the company's Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products.

St. Louis, Missouri-based Energizer said it is voluntarily removing the products from retail outlets, and notifying stores to stop selling them.

It warned that anyone using spray-on sun care products should not apply them while smoking or in proximity to flames or sparks.

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