October 23rd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – Last week in the United States, Energizer Holdings, makers of “Banana Boat” brand sunscreen, issued a recall for 23 varieties of its spray-on sunscreens because users were quite literally, bursting into flames.
So far, 4 users of the sunscreens in the United States and 1 user in Canada have caught on fire after applying the sunscreen.
One man in the United States described what happened. The man says after applying the spray-on sunscreen, rubbing it in, and waiting a few moments for it to dry, he went to turn over a hamburger on a barbeque grill, when he suddenly burst into flames.
Inside Costa Rica wanted to find out if news of the recall had made it to Costa Rica, so we sent a staff member to the AutoMercado in the popular beach town of Playas del Coco to see if any of the products were still on shelves here.
Indeed, our staff member was able to locate one of the products, a variety specifically marketed for children.
Inside Costa Rica later contacted the corporate offices of AutoMercado to find out if they were aware of the recall. Staff spoke to several representatives, none of which had any knowledge of the danger or recall of the products.
Affected are some 23 varieties of the sunscreens. They can be identified by the “UltraMist” label towards the top of the packaging.
Energizer Holdings warns that consumers who have purchased any of the affected “UltraMist” Banana Boat spray-on sunscreens are advised not to use them.