Products Liability Law Daily CHEMICALS—45.7 million gallons of propane gas recalled for fire, explosion, and thermal burn hazards
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

CHEMICALS—45.7 million gallons of propane gas recalled for fire, explosion, and thermal burn hazards

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Western Gas Partners LP, of The Woodlands, Texas, has recalled around 45.7 million gallons of propane (LP) gas because the recalled propane does not contain sufficient levels of odorant that is added to propane to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion, and thermal burn hazards (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 18-073, December 28, 2017).

Incidents and injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves under-odorized propane (LP) gas delivered to consumers’ storage tanks or sold at retail locations in portable cylinders (for use in recreational vehicles, barbeques, stoves, and other appliances). Only propane tanks that have been inspected for the level of odorant or have been refilled prior to November 2017 are affected.

This under-odorized propane gas, which originated in the United States, was distributed in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and was delivered by various companies and sold by various retailers from April 2015 through October 2017.

Remedy. Consumers should not attempt to test the propane themselves. Instead, consumers who have propane delivered to storage tanks should immediately contact their supplier or Western Gas to determine whether their propane is affected and arrange for a free inspection. If the inspection confirms the propane contains insufficient levels of odorant, Western Gas will promptly arrange for additional odorization or replacement of the under-odorized propane. Consumers who have purchased a portable cylinder should contact the retailer or the Western Gas hotline to determine whether their propane is affected and, if so, return the cylinder to the retailer for a replacement. Consumers should have carbon monoxide alarms in homes or other buildings that utilize gas. If consumers do smell even a faint odor of gas or a gas leak, they should immediately leave the building and call 911 or their gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Do not light a match, turn on a light, or switch on anything electrical.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Western Gas toll-free at 833-444-1451 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday; via email at [email protected]; or online at www.propaneawareness.com.

Companies: Western Gas Partners LP

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