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Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall Information

On October 19, 2012, Energizer Holdings announced it was voluntarily withdrawing its continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products from U.S. markets because they could catch the skin on fire if a person came in contact with an ignition source before the product was completely dry. Energizer confirmed it was proceeding with a voluntary market withdrawal due to the increased risk its sunscreens posed, as the company received five reports of consumers who were seriously burned after applying the products. Sun Pharmaceuticals – the manufacturer of Banana Boat products – is a subsidiary of Energizer, and may be held liable for injuries and damages caused by the sunscreens included in the market withdrawal.

New York product liability law states that manufacturers and distributors must ensure their products are not dangerous or defective in any way. Manufacturers are legally required to provide adequate product warning labels to caution consumers about any potential risks or health hazards. Energizer Holdings is warning consumers who have purchased any of its withdrawn continuous spray Banana Boat products to stop using them immediately. In many cases, removing a defective or potentially harmful product from the market can protect the public. In unfortunate situations when these actions are taken too late, victims have legal recourse in the form of product liability lawsuits. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from products that were the subject of the Banana Boat sunscreen recall, an experienced New York product liability lawyer at The Sanders Firm can evaluate the strength of your case and advise you as to the pros and cons of filing litigation.

Voluntary Banana Boat sunscreen recall

Once an FDA-regulated product is in widespread use, unexpected problems can lead to a manufacturer recall or voluntary market withdrawal.  Energizer has already notified its retail partners to stop selling the affected sunscreens and believes it has identified the source of the safety concern. According to its corporate website, Energizer blames the product delivery system, and concluded that the spray valve opening on these cans dispenses more than industry standards for continuous sun care sprays.  If an individual comes into contact with a spark or flame before the spray is dry, the product can catch on fire – burning the skin. Such horrific injuries sound as if they were taken from a science fiction thriller, but five people have already suffered severe burns in just this manner. New Yorkers who have suffered from these or similar side effects are urged to consult with a qualified New York product liability lawyer.

The affected Banana Boat products were distributed throughout the country from January 2010 through September 30, 2012. Below is a partial listing of the products included in the recent Banana Boat voluntary market withdraw:

  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 15 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 30 Bonus Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Family Size Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Kids SPF 85 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Ultra Defense SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 85 Bonus Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray
  • Banana Boat UltraMist Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray w/Sport Lotion & Lip

Get help from a New York product liability lawyer

Product recalls in New York and all over the country are issued on dangerous and defective items every year, and this latest includes Banana Boat products like UltraMist Defense, UltraMist Sport and UltraMist Kids –all of which are used by thousands of Americans.  Aerosol sunscreens have become increasingly popular, as they are both faster and easier to apply than traditional creams and lotions.  While ingredients used in aerosol sprays are known to be flammable, and the existing label warns users, “Do not use in the presence of a flame or spark. Keep away from sources of ignition – no smoking,” most consumers could never imagine that use of such an everyday product could lead to second and third-degree burns.

An Energizer Holdings spokesman stated they were notified of four burn cases in the U.S. and one in Canada. In one particular incident, a Massachusetts man was engulfed in flames when he stood too close to a BBQ after applying Banana Boat UltraMist 30. He suffered second-degree burns all over his ears, neck, chest and back and will likely need extensive medical treatment. For those who are pursuing compensation for such preventable injuries via product liability lawsuits, an attorney will often cite strict liability, breach of warranty, and failure to warn to help clients recover monetary damages. If a defective product or dangerous drug is sold without sufficient consumer warning or rigorous pre-market testing, the manufacturers may be held responsible for any ensuing injuries. By filing product liability lawsuits, claimants can request damages for related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Product liability lawsuits offer legal recourse

Every year hundreds of personal injuries in New York are attributed to defective products that are blamed for significant harm and in worst case scenarios, wrongful death. If you or someone you love has suffered from a manufacturer’s defective product or failure to warn, you need legal representation of the highest caliber from attorneys who understand the complexities of New York product liability law.

The Sanders Firm has been serving residents of Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, and Long Island for more than 45 years, helping victims of defective products secure the compensation they need and deserve. When unforeseen problems and flaws lead to product recalls, the manufacturers may be held liable for the resulting injuries in a court of law. For a complimentary case evaluation with a New York product liability lawyer at The Sanders Firm, please call 1.800 FAIR PLAY ( 800.324.7752).


  1. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (October 19, 2012) Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alertshttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm324824.htm

  2. International Business Times, (October 19, 2012) Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall 2012http://www.ibtimes.com/banana-boat-sunscreen-recall-2012-skin-igniting-leads-market-withdrawal-849887