The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen has recalled about a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a few people caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with an open flame. The recall includes aerosol products like UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids. A company spokesman said there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada. More than 20 million units have been sold since UltraMist launched in 2010, according to the spokesman.
The problem appears to be caused by UltraMist’s spray valve, which is over applying the product, The company said in a statement. As a result the lotion is taking longer to dry, which raises the flammability risk. “If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite,” the company said. Consumers who purchased the products are being told not to use them. More information is available from the manufacturer at 1-800-SAFESUN.
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