July 28, 2000AmeriGas Propane L.P. Recalls of
Forge, PA (SafetyAlerts) - AmeriGas
Propane L.P. is recalling about 100 propane cylinders sold or exchanged at The Home Depot
or Meijers stores in the Detroit, Mich., area. Of these cylinders, about 10 could be
overfilled, which can cause them to release flammable propane gas unexpectedly, posing a
risk of fires and explosions.
On July 19, 2000, some of the overfilled cylinders vented propane and ignited, causing an
explosion at the AmeriGas plant in Willoughby, Ohio. One worker suffered minor burns. No
consumer injuries have been reported. After investigating the source of the overfilled
cylinders, AmeriGas determined the only AmeriGas office which delivered possibly
overfilled cylinders to retail stores was its Trenton, Mich., office. No other AmeriGas
location released overfilled cylinders to retailers or customers.
Home Depots and Meijers stores in the Detroit, Mich., area sold or exchanged these
propane cylinders on July 17 through July 19. An AmeriGas "Prefilled Propane
Xchange" or "PPX"® gas grill cylinder is white, and at the time of
purchase, had a shrink-wrapped sleeve around it with the names "AmeriGas" and
"PPX" on it. The cylinders sold for between $44 and $48 and cost between $13 and
$14 for an exchange.
Consumers who purchased or exchanged one of these AmeriGas barbecue propane cylinders
should not use their gas grills or other appliances, and should not disconnect or
transport the cylinder. Consumers should call the AmeriGas toll-free hotline immediately
at (888) 428-9779 anytime for instructions on getting their gas cylinder inspected, and
replaced if needed.
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