|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|April 24, 1991
|Release # 91-061
Lantec Recalls Eco-Lite
WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LanTec, Inc., Litchfield, MN is voluntarily
recalling approximately 100,000 bottles of Eco-Lite Charcoal Starter, 32 fl. oz. size. The
product is much more flammable than ordinary charcoal lighter fluid and, if used or
handled improperly around an ignition source, can be dangerous.
Eco-Lite Charcoal Starter is an alcohol-based product that burns faster than other
charcoal lighter fluids which are petroleum-based. The product may flash back to the
bottle and explode if it is sprayed over hot charcoal. Initial complaints concerning this
product were received on the CPSC's telephone hotline. The CPSC has learned of five
reports of the bottles exploding in consumers' hands when this charcoal lighter fluid was
sprayed on hot charcoal. Four of these explosions involved serious injuries, including
hospitalizations for burns to the face, arms and hand, requiring skin grafts.
The reason for the problem is that Eco-Lite is made of alcohol and has a low flash point.
The other more familiar charcoal lighter fluids are made of petroleum products and have
higher flash points.
Eco-Lite Charcoal Starter is packaged in 32 fl. oz. white, plastic bottles with black and
orange labeling and an orange cap. It has been distributed nationwide since 1987.
Consumers are urged not to use the Eco-Lite Charcoal Starter. Since the product is
biodegradable and environmentally safe, consumers can pour the content into a sink making
sure to run cold water and keeping the product away from a spark source. Either return the
rinsed empty bottle to the store where purchased or cut the UPC symbol off the back of the
bottle and return UPC to the store for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall
may contact LanTec, Inc. at 612-693-2477, or write to the company at Box 1041, Litchfield,
The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death
associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer
product safety. Some 15,000 different kinds of consumer products fall within the
Commission's jurisdiction and each year those products are involved in an estimated 29
million injuries and 22,000 deaths.
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types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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