Energizer Holdings, the company that makes Banana Boat, announced the voluntary recall earlier today on a slew of its products (see chart below for full list).
The company says that it’s possible for these products to igniting on the skin if it comes near an ignition source before it dries.
Energizer says the likely culprit is the size of the spray valve opening:
“The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays. 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.”
According to Energizer, it knows of four incidents in the U.S. and one in Canada involving burns associated with the use of the Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products.
Anyone using a continuous spray suncare product should avoid sources of ignition, which includes smoking, when applying the sunscreen.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above listed products are advised not to use them. Consumers with questions or complaints regarding this market withdrawal can contact Energizer by calling Consumer Affairs at 1-800-SAFESUN (1-800-723-3786) Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM Eastern, or by sending an email to: SUNCARE@customerfollowup.info.