Dylan Kornegay's mother Karen has started a website in her son's given first name, Matthew, to educate others about the hazard of plastic gas can explosions. The website is called "Matthew Didn't Know."
The gas can industry is "intently" studying whether to add arresters, said Moscella. "We can only add that to the can if it won't make the can less safe."
After inquiries from NBC News and a review of both injury reports and flame-arrester engineering the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement calling on the consumer gas can industry to incorporate flame-arrester technology into its gasoline containers.
They allege that the gas cans are "susceptible" to such internal combustion explosions and are therefore "dangerous," "unsafe" and "defective" for a specific reason: because their design does not include a flame arrester, a part the lawsuits allege could prevent flashback explosions.
The tests show that under certain limited conditions—including a very low volume of gasoline left inside—a flashback explosion can occur inside a plastic gas can, when gas vapor escaping the can contacts a source of ignition such as a flame or a spark. The vapor outside the container can ignite and "flash back" inside the can. If it does, and if the gas/air vapor mixture inside the can is a certain concentration, that mixture can ignite and cause an explosion of flame.
Step 1: Throw gas can in trash.
Attorneys have filed at least 80 lawsuits during the past two decades on behalf of individuals injured in alleged gas can explosions. They have argued that portable plastic gas cans are "dangerous" and "unsafe" because they are "susceptible" to flashback explosions. Most of the lawsuits have named as defendants Blitz USA, until recently the largest manufacturer of plastic gas cans, and Wal-Mart, the largest seller.
Step 2: Drive to canada where real gas cans are sold.
The L4D Gas can's texture compared to the HL2 Gas can's texture.
Well, iI've had this gas can for a while now. I do like it very much and it fits in my saddlebags fairly easy. It gives a biker a piece of mind knowing you've got a backup plan for bikes with a smaller tank. BUT, There's always a but, make sure that you have the supplied gasket installed correctly around the filler neck and not between tank & filler neck or it will leak. Yes! I learned this the hard way. LOL! ! Overall its a very good product and i do recommend it. As always J&P gets it to you asap.
In 2009, the EPA adopted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) rule that banned the sale of traditional gas cans. To be CARB-compliant, a can must be self-closing, a requirement intended to protect the environment by reducing spills.This galvanized steel gas can has a steel fill handle with a separate funnel. Once attached, the funnel is tipped down to fill and clicked back up into position to dispense. I assumed it would operate similarly to the Eagle Safety Can, but the funnel design is terrible to the point of being dangerous; I spilled so much gas on myself while fueling a vehicle that I stopped the test midway through and won't use the can again. The exit point of the funnel's nozzle is about the diameter of a dime while the funnel is huge. The user must take extreme caution not to tilt the can too much, which overfills the funnel, causing it to back up and leak at the connecting joints while dispensing. Granted, if you pour the gas out like a little old lady, I'm sure the system works adequately, but time is money and my goal was to find gas cans that dispensed quickly without spilling. - Time to dispense 5 gallons: N/A due to massive amounts of spillage. - CARB compliance: Marked as compliant in catalog and on label. - Web price: $42.The testing was simple: I filled each gas can with exactly 5 gallons of gasoline from the pump at a gas station, transported them back to my house, and fueled each of my vehicles with the cans to see how fast the fuel flowed, how much spilled, and how much effort was required to operate the can. The nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.