Exploding Gas Cans: CPSC Now Requires Flame Arrestors to Prevent Fuel Can Explosion
For the last several years, the Flynn Law Firm has sued gas can retailers and manufacturers for gas can explosions. These explosions would not have occurred if the can manufacturers had installed a .10 cent flame arrestor in the neck of the can to prevent explosions.
After years of lawsuits, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has finally issued a rule to prevent gas can explosions . With the passage of the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2020, the CPSC has required “Flame Mitigation Devices” (or, flame arrestors) to be installed in the next of a gas can. These simple devices will stop flames from entering (or “propagating”) into a gas can.
For years, plaintiffs lawyers have been advocating for the use of flame arrestors in gas cans. These devices prevent fuel can explosion, are inexpensive, and easy to install. The CPSC has been researching flame arrestors since 2007; flame arresting technology has been around for literally 100 years. If you have been involved in a gas can explosion you need to a) preserve the can, and b) call someone who can help you understand your rights. The Flynn Law FIrm has recovered millions for victims of gas can explosions.