Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Safety Alert

Manchester Tank & Equipment Company Recalls Propane Cylinders Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: 100-pound Propane Cylinders

Hazard: Fuel can leak from the thread connection between the cylinder and valve, posing a fire hazard if exposed to an ignition source.

Remedy: Repair Replace

Consumer Contact: Manchester Tank & Equipment Co. at (800) 640-6327 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.mantank.com and click on the "News" page for more information.

Units: About 7,500

Description: The recalled Manchester Tank & Equipment Company cylinders included in the recall 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.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the propane cylinders and call Manchester or go to the firm's website for instructions on having their gas cylinder inspected by a qualified propane equipment dealer and repaired if needed. A list of propane equipment distributors, RV distributors and retail distributors are listed on the firm's website at www.mantank.com on the "Distributors" page.

Sold at: Nationwide at propane dealers and distributors, hardware stores including Ace, True Value and Tractor Supply, welding equipment supply stores, farm and home stores, and equipment rental outlets from January 2012 through March 2013 for between $140 and $170.

Manufacturer: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, of Elkhart, Ind.

Manufactured in: United States