The good news is that Banana Boat UltraMist continuous spray sunscreen could help protect you from the harmful effects of the sun. The bad news is that your skin could burst into flames wherever you’ve applied it.
Energizer Holdings, makers of Banana Boat products, has issued a recall of two dozen UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids products with SPFs of 15, 30, 50 and 85.
The company says the problem is due to the spray valve used on the Banana Boat containers.
“The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays,” the company said in the recall statement. “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 before the spray dries, the product could ignite.
Energizer says it has received four reports of this happening to US consumers and one report of an incident in Canada.
Products were sold nationwide from January of 2010 through September 30, 2012. Energizer has notified retailers to stop selling the product and advises consumers to stop using the recalled products, but provded no refund information or disposal instructions in its initial statement.
(With most product recalls, consumers are directed to return products to the store where the items were purchased for full refund.)
In an email, company spokesman Todd Ringler said consumers who purchased recalled products will receive refunds.
“Consumers can call the company’s Consumer Affairs Hotline at 800.723.3786 (or send an email to SUNCARE@customerfollowup.info) regarding any questions, complaints, or to obtain more information about the withdrawal, including refunds for affected products.”
Callers to the number hear a (very long) recorded message on the recall and then are directed to leave their name, address and product information in order to receive “compensation” within two to three weeks.
The company says they are working on a fix and expect “to offer new Banana Boat continuous spray products shortly.”
The following is a list of recalled products.
UltraMist Sport SPF 15 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965600979-8
UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965600878-4
UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965600955-2
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604626-7
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965600956-9 UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Family Size Continuous Spray 9.5oz UPC: 7965605167-4
UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965600933-0
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 50 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604492-8
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 50 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965604549-9 UltraMist Kids SPF 50 Clear Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604495-9
UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965604551-2
UltraMist Sport SPF 50+ Continuous Spray 9.5oz. UPC: 7965605110-0
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 85 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604654-0
UltraMist Sport SPF 85 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604665-6
UltraMist Kids SPF 85 Continuous Spray 6oz UPC: 7965604916-9
UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965604677-9 UltraMist Sport SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz UPC: 7965604679-3
UltraMist Sport SFP30 Continuous Spray 2pk 6oz UPC: 7965605374-6
UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray 2pk 6oz UPC: 7965605028-8
UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray 2pk 6oz w/Sport Lotion & Lip UPC: 7965605389-0
UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray 8oz w/Sport Lip Balm UPC: 7965607951-7 UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray 6oz w/$1 Instant Redeemable Coupon UPC: 7965607975-3
UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray 3ct 6oz UPC: 7965605464-4