Banana Boat Sunscreen Spray Recall Issued Due to Risk of Burns

A number of different Banana Boat sprays and mists have been recalled from the market because the manufacturer has acknowledged that they may release more sunscreen than they should, which not only causes consumers to over-pay for the product, but also may increase the risk that the sunscreen will ignite and cause flames to develop on the skin. 

The FDA announced a Banana Boat sunscreen recall on October 19, after the manufacturer, Energizer Holdings, Inc., warned that it had become aware of at least five incidents where consumers were burned when using Banana Boat SPORT Ultramist SPF 30 and 50. Four of the reports came from consumers in the United States and a fifth was from Canada.

Energizer indicates that the nozzles on the Banana Boat Ultramist and Continuous Spray lines have a valve that “dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays.” This may cause consumers to use more of the product than they need to.

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As a result of the spray can problems, the sunscreen may also take longer to dry, allowing it to ignite while still wet if it is brought too close to a heat source.

The company says it is confident that it has identified the problem and will be releasing new Banana Boat continuous spray bottle products soon.

The recall affects 23 different Banana Boat products, including it’s Ultra Mist, SPORT, Ultra Defense, BONUS and other products. An entire list of affected products is available in the FDA recall announcement. The affected products were sold between January 2010 and September 30, 2012.

Energizer is warning consumers to avoid sparks, flames and other sources of ignition around these products, and also recommends they avoid smoking around them as well.

The company says it has notified retailers to stop selling the products. Consumers who have affected products have been advised not to use them. However, Energizer did not mention whether they could be returned for a full refund or credit. Consumers with questions can call Energizer’s Consumer Affairs at (800) 723-3786. or by email at

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