Stove fuel recalled because containers can leak

Tuesday, June 25th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ About 9,700 cans of white gasoline stove fuel made by Mountain Safety Research are being recalled voluntarily because the containers can leak and cause fires.

The Seattle-based company has received 20 reports of leaking fuel cans, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency said no injuries were reported.

The recalled fuel includes MSR White Premium Blend Stove Fuel packaged in red metal cans, with ``MSR ... White Gas'' and ''1 Quart/.95 Liter'' printed across the front. The batch number for the recalled cans, 2003-2, is printed on the lower front of the can.

REI and other sporting good stores sold the cans of fuel between March and June for about $4 each.

The safety commission said consumers should check the cans immediately for leaking. If they are leaking, the cans should be moved away from ignition sources and the fuel should be poured into an approved container.

Even if the cans aren't leaking, consumers should contact Mountain Safety Research for a replacement container at (800) 531-9531 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, or at the company's Web site,