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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fire Gel - Dangers and Labels

The New York Times today has a story that could be from a law school exam, having as it does a new (flammable) product, a label susceptible of multiple interpretations, allegedly lacking warnings, and a withdrawal of the product pending revisions of the label.  It describes two serious burn accidents resulting from using Napa Home and Garden's "Firelite...Safe Pourable Gel."  Worth a read to get a real-world product warning example.


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So do you think the manufacturer is liable for their injuries?

Posted by: KCStymie | Jun 13, 2011 9:41:08 AM

Dunno. Seems like the labeling could have been much clearer - but it's an interesting question as to whether the labeling's failures was a cause of harm.

Posted by: Bill Childs | Jun 13, 2011 9:46:58 AM

I think the labeling "Safe" downplays the serious fire hazard that the gel fuel presents. The manufacturer now is saying that "Safe" means safe for the environment. So why did they just not put that exact statement on the label? I think the manufacturer of this product has some serious liability problems and will ultimately go down in flames.

Posted by: KCStymie | Jun 13, 2011 7:39:59 PM

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