Gas Station Fuel Hose Recall Issued Due to Fire, Explosion Risk
Thousands of fuel hoses that may have been installed at gas stations nationwide are being recalled, due to a risk that they may leak, posing a serious fire or gas station explosion risk of an ignition source is present.
A Franklin Fueling Systems fuel hose recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on September 30, after the manufacturer recognized the potential for fuel to leak through the crimp on the fuel hose. Although no reports of fires or other incidents have been identified, this may pose a serious safety risk at gas stations nationwide.
The Hardwall fuel curb hoses being recalled are used in conjunction with gas station nozzles to dispense or transfer refined fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, ethanol blends and biodiesel blends up to E15. The crimp on the fuel hose may not secure tightly enough around the gas station nozzle, allowing fuel to leak.
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The recall includes Franklin Fueling Systems Hardwall Fuel Curb Hoses that measure roughly 1 inch in diameter and range in lengths from 9 inches to 100 feet, including various special order lengths.
The recalled gas station hoses come in black, green, blue, yellow, or red, and have either a fixed or swivel fitting attached to the end. The hoses have date codes M1014 through M3014 which represents the week and year format and model numbers FLHFR3XX XXX or FLXHW3XX XXX. On products with a swivel fitting, the model number can be found on white label on the product packaging, and the products with fixed fittings the model number is located on a label on the crimp ferrule. All products included in the recall bare the model names “FLEX-ING FLEX-ON” or “FLEXSTEEL FUTURA” printed on the hoses.
The hoses were manufactured in the United States under Franklin Fueling Systems Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin where they were distributed nationwide to contractors, and gasoline stations from March 2014 through July 2014 for between $20 and $560.
The CPSC recommends that customers with recalled hoses should stop using them immediately and contact Franklin Fueling Systems at 800-225-9787 or visit them online at www.franklinfueling.com for information on how to receive a full refund or a replacement hose.
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