CPSC Warns Certain Fuel Bottles Pose Risk of Flash Fires, Poisoning and Burns for Children

Despite being cited for safety violations and inadequate label warnings, manufacturers of two different products have refused to issue fuel bottle recalls.

Federal safety regulators are warning consumers to immediately stop using two brands of refillable fuel bottles manufactured in China, because they carry design defects that pose a risk of flash fires, burns and poisoning, particularly to children.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued two warnings regarding fuel bottles on April 4; one involving True Brothers refillable bottles made by ShenzenYinglong Industrial Co., Ltd., doing business as LetSports, and another for refillable fuel bottles manufactured by Shenzhen Pink Vine Technology Co. Ltd.

The warning indicates the bottles may be a fire risk, as well as a poisoning risk to children, since they do not contain a child-resistant cap. While no injuries have been reported in connection to the fuel bottles, neither company has agreed to issue a recall despite urgings from the commission.

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The CPSC warns consumers to immediately stop using the refillable fuel bottles due to poisoning, burn and flash fire risks.

According to the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act, any portable fuel container manufactured after July 12, 2023, must have child safety closures or flame mitigation devices that stop the flame from spreading back into the container. Failure to have a child-resistant cap is a violation of the Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act.

The commission indicates the labels of both fuel bottles also fail to contain mandatory safety warning information, which is a violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

The True Brothers fuel bottle is red with a black cap and white markings with the words “multi fuel stove” and “fuel bottle” printed on the side. The bottle also contains wording and instructions in English and Chinese.

The Shenzhen Pink Vine bottles are red with a black cap and white markings and the words “multi fuel stove”, “FUEL BOTTLE”, “1000ml”, and “DANGER” printed on the side. These bottles also contain instructions in English and Chinese.

The products were sold online at Walmart.com from unknown start dates through January 2024 for $16 to $17. Consumers who purchased the products will receive a warning notice directly.

The CPSC issued warning violation notices to both manufacturers, but neither company has agreed to recall the fuel bottles or offer a solution to consumers.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to stop using the fuel bottles immediately and dispose of the empty containers.

Any incidents or injuries involving the products can be reported at www.saferproducts.gov. Consumers can also contact the CPSC Hotline with questions or concerns at 800-638-2772.

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