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Flammable sunscreen causes second-degree burns

Not many people in Albany would think to check the warning label of sunscreen. If it is safe enough to be rubbed into a person's skin, many consumers might not bother to read a safety or warning label. One man did take the time to read the label on his Banana Boat aerosol sunscreen though and he knew not to apply it next to an open flame. But he thought that after it had been applied he would be fine.

He was wrong. A few moments after he had put his sunscreen on, he walked over to his grill and caught fire. Ten days after his serious consumer injuries, he is still recovering from second-degree burns. Though he has chosen not to file a products liability lawsuit against Banana Boat, anyone that is injured by a dangerous product can hold the manufacturer liable for the injuries they suffered using their products.

A statement issued by Banana Boat says that there have been no other burns reported, but that they are looking into the matter. An official with the Burn Prevention Network thinks that the sunscreen had not fully absorbed into the man's skin and that the aerosolized nature of the sunscreen made him flammable for several minutes following application.

The label, however, does not warn consumers that they will need to stay away from flames or heat sources for several minutes while they wait for the product to dry. And the official with the Burn Prevention Network believes that many people would not use the sunscreen if they knew they had to wait so long for it to dry.

Dangerous products are a serious problem, especially when they cause consumer injuries. When these kinds of accidents happen, however, there are legal remedies that can be taken against the manufacturer.

Source: Good Morning America, "Massachusetts Man Catches Fire After Applying Sunscreen," Josh Haskell, June 5, 2012

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