Recall: More than 30 million gas cylinders by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin due to fire hazard

Consumer Reports News: February 23, 2012 03:38 PM

Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin has recalled more than 30 million of its Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders because the cylinder seal can leak after torches are disconnected from them, posing a fire hazard.

Some 29,026,000 cylinders were recalled in the U.S. and 1,371,100 were recalled in Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada reported today. No incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the recall.

Made in the U.S., the recalled gas cylinders were sold at various plumbing/HVAC distributors, Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware Stores nationwide and in Canada from October 2004 through January 2012. Either yellow or black, and about 3 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall, the cylinders were sold either alone or as a kits that included a torch. The cylinders sold for about $7 to $13, and the torch kits sold for about $45 to $75.

Used for soldering, brazing, cutting and welding, the recalled cylinders contain propylene gas—14.1 ounce Map-Pro, 14.1 ounce Propylene, or 16 ounce MAPP (Methyl Acetylene Propadiene Stabilized). The cylinders and torch kits have a variety of labels, including the following:

ACE
ASCO
BENCHMARK
BERNZOMATIC CRAFTSMAN
EMC
EXPRESS
Firepower
GENTEC
GOSS
HOTERY
Jones Stephens Corp
LENOX
Mag-Torch
MAGNA
Mastercraft and TURNER
Master Mechanic
MAPP
NAPA BERNZOMATIC
PREST-O-LITE
RONA
ROTHENBERGER
SUPER-EGO
SureFire
TurboTorch
UNIWELD
WORTHINGTON MAPP GAS
WORTHINGTON MAP/Pro
WORTHINGTON PROPYLENE

Remedies:

  • Unused cylinders: If the cylinder has never been connected to a torch or other device, return it to store where it was purchased for exchange or full refund.
  • Partially-used cylinder connected to torch or other device: Do not disconnect torch or other device. Take outdoors and ignite the torch and burn off entire contents (Never leave lit torch and cylinder unattended and use torch only in a well-ventilated area). of the cylinder. Disconnect the torch from empty cylinder and dispose of empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund.
  • Partially-used cylinder not connected to a torch or other device now: Take cylinder outdoors. Leak test top of the cylinder with soapy water. If bubbles develop, attach the torch. Ignite the torch and burn off entire contents of the cylinder (Never leave lit torch and cylinder unattended and use torch only in a well-ventilated area). Remove the torch from empty cylinder and dispose of empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to the store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund. If no bubbles develop, do not use cylinder. Return it to the store where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund.

For more information, contact Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin at 866-511-8967 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the manufacturer at MAPCylinderRecall@worthingtoncylinders.com, or visit MAPCylinderRecall.com.

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Gas Cylinders Recalled by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin Due to Fire Hazard [CPSC]
MAP-Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders [Health Canada]

Maggie Shader


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