Can Your Sunscreen Catch Your Skin on Fire? - Consumer Justice Foundation

Can Your Sunscreen Catch Your Skin on Fire?

Written by Faith Anderson on October 22, 2012
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Banana Boat Spray-on Sunscreen May Ignite on Skin

According to Energizer, the problem is that the Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen’s valve releases more sunscreen “than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays.” As a result, the product takes longer to dry, and remains flammable until it is completely dry. “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,” Energizer reported in the Banana Boat recall notice. The spray-on sunscreen products affected by the recall include the following:

Continuous Spray Sunscreen Product UPC
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport 15 Spray 6oz, US 7965600979-8
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport SPF 30 Spray 6oz. 2/3 7965600878-4
Banana Boat Sport 30 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz – US 7965600955-2
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Ultra Defense SPF 30, 6oz 7965604626-7
Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Ultra Defense SPF 30 Ultra Mist 7965600956-9
Banana Boat FAMILY SIZE SPORT 30 Ultra Mist 9.5oz 7965605167-4
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport SPF 50 6oz, 2/3s 7965600933-0
Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist SPF 50 6oz. 2/3s 7965604492-8
Ultra Defense 50 Bonus Continuous Spray, 8oz, US 7965604549-9
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Kids SPF 50 Clear 6oz. 2/3 7965604495-9
Banana Boat Sport 50 Bonus Continuous Spray 8oz, US 7965604551-2
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport Performance SPF 50+ Spray 9.5oz. 7965605110-0
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Ultra Defense 85 Spray 6oz 7965604654-0
Banana Boat Ultra Mist Sport 85 Spray 6oz, US 7965604665-6
Banana Boat Kids SPF 85 Spray 6oz, US 7965604916-9
Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Ultra Defense SPF 85 Ultra Mist 7965604677-9
Banana Boat BONUS 8oz Sport SPF 85 Ultra Mist 7965604679-3
Banana Boat 6oz Sport SFP30 Spray Twin Pack 79656-05374-6
Banana Boat 6oz Sport SPF50 Spray Twin Pack 79656-05028-8
Banana Boat 6oz Spt30 Ultra Mist 2pk w/Sport Lotion & Lip 79656-05389-0
8oz Banana Boat Sport SPF30 UltraMist w/Sport Lip Balm 79656-07951-7
Banana Boat 6OZ SPT 30 UltraMist W/$1 Instant Redeemable Coupon 79656-07975-3
Banana Boat 6oz SPORT SPF50 Ultra Mist 3PK 79656-05464-4

Energizer Removes Banana Boat Spray-on Sunscreen from Stores

All continuous spray sunscreen products contain warnings that they should not be used near an open flame and that people should not smoke while using the products. Unfortunately, Energizer says it has received reports of four burn injuries in the United States and one in Canada related to the use of the Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 and 50 products. In light of the recall, Energizer has advised consumers to stop using the sunscreen products immediately, and the Missouri-based company is voluntarily removing its Banana Boat spray-on sunscreens from stores. In the meantime, if you decide to hit the beach and spray on sunscreen to avoid getting burned, make sure you hold off on lighting that cigarette or getting too close to the grill, to avoid really getting burned.

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