Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Safety Alert

US DOT / PHMSA Issues Recall for Composite Propane Cylinders

On May 24, 2013, The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued Emergency Order Number 2013-002 mandating a recall of all cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company, Inc. (Lite Cylinder), Franklin, Tennessee, and marked as authorized under DOT-SP 14562 (and DOT-SP-13957 as authorized therein), DOT-SP 13105; any cylinder re-qualified under H706, and any cylinders manufactured under M5729.  This recall order also applies to any person who is in possession of an affected packaging that is subject to this order.

The emergency order is based on an investigation of Lite Cylinder's operations and production history that revealed probable violations and unsafe conditions and practices that PHMSA determined present an imminent hazard to the public safety.  In effect, this action immediately orders the removal from service of more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber composite cylinders.  These cylinders are largely in liquefied petroleum gas service.

PHMSA also terminated the above special permits and approvals for cylinder requalification, and manufacturer’s Registration Numbers.