Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, of Elkhart, Ind., is recalling about 7,500 100-pound propane cylinders. Fuel can leak from the thread connection between the cylinder and valve, posing a fire hazard if exposed to an ignition source.
The recalled Manchester Tank & Equipment Company cylinders were manufactured January through September 2012. The date of manufacture is printed on the collar by month and year, so “6 * 12” represents June 2012. The name Manchester and the water capacity “WC238#” are also pressed into the collar. These gray 100-pound DOT propane cylinders measure about 41” high and about 15” in diameter. Manchester 100-pound propane cylinders with a green dot on the hand-wheel on the top of the cylinder are not included in the recall.
Factors causing or contributing to gas explosions resulting in burn injuries or wrongful death have included improper gas line locations, faulty parts and equipment in mobile homes, workplace equipment, camping equipment, and defectively designed propane stoves. One important signal indicating the potential for a catastrophic event is the odor of gas (note that although gas has no smell, laws require that odorants be added for safety purposes). Should a gas leak be suspected, the property owner or occupants should immediately evacuate, then contact the proper authorities.
Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has handled major gas explosion incidents all across the United States. Disasters like the recent Kansas City Gas explosion have far-reaching consequences for those who have lost family members, suffered severe injuries or lost their homes. If you or someone you know has been affected by a gas explosion, they are advised to seek experienced counsel early in the process to ensure that their rights are protected. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to an explosion, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.