Boyer has recalled nearly 33,000 bottles of chemicals used to make soap because of the lack of childproof caps, which could result in chemical burns. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the products contain sodium hydroxide and/or potassium hydroxide, which are used for making lye soap or clearing drains.
Details of the Recall
So far, there have been two reports of chemical burn injuries with the California Soap Supply product. One report involved a child who suffered chemical burns to the mouth after getting into the bottle. The recall involves about 329,000 bottles of Soap Supply Co. Lye, Combo Solutions Sodium Hydroxide, Red Crown High Test Lye and Boyer Potassium Hydroxide Flakes.
These products contain sodium hydroxide and/or potassium hydroxide, which must be in child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA). The products were sold online at Amazon.com and other websites from January 2015 through October 2019 for about $5.
Consumers are urged to immediately store the recalled products in a safe location out of children’s reach and contact Boyer for a free replacement child-resistant cap. Exposure to the chemicals can cause chemical burns and serious irritation of the skin and eyes. For more information, contact Boyer Corporation at 1-800-323-4030.
Damage Caused by Chemical Burns
Chemical burns can be caused by many substances such as strong acids, drain cleaners, paint thinner, and even gasoline. Usually, you are aware of the burn and what caused it. But, sometimes, you may not immediately recognize a burn caused by a milder chemical. The pain and redness may develop hours after the exposure. Some agents can even cause deep tissue damage. Such damage could depend on a number of factors such as the strength and concentration of the agent, the quantity you came in contact with and the duration of the exposure. Common symptoms include redness, irritation, burning sensation, pain or numbness, formation of blisters, cough and shortness of breath.
If you or a loved one has suffered chemical burn injuries as a result of poor packaging, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the product. Manufacturers of chemicals or products that contain dangerous chemicals have a duty to design and manufacture packaging that ensures it is safe for consumers. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.