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A major recall of Worthington Industries’ gas cylinders, which are used for soldering, cutting, and welding, is putting both professionals and DIYers at risk.

In 2012, more than 30-million propylene or methylacetylene-propadiene gas cylinders were recalled in the U.S. and Canada by Worthington Industries due to a fire hazard. Even though these cylinders were recalled eight years ago, many may still be in garages, storerooms, and basements around the country.

What is a propylene gas cylinder and how is it used?

Worthington Industries’ propylene, MAPP, and Map Pro gas cylinders are used for soldering copper pipe during plumbing jobs, brazing metal fittings for an HVAC system, heat-treating metal or smaller welding projects. The cylinders are sold alone or as part of a kit that includes a torch attachment. The company makes products under Worthington, Bernzomatic, and other brand names, which can be purchased at major home improvement stores and contractor supply centers.

Millions of Worthington Industries’ Gas Cylinders Recalled

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Worthington Industries' recall of its Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders when it was found the seal on the cylinders can leak after soldering or brazing torches are disconnected, posing a potential fire hazard. The February 2012 recall included 29,026,000 units in the U.S. and another 1,371,100 units in Canada.

The leaking, partially used cylinders are highly flammable, leaving homeowners, tenants, and professionals at risk of life-threatening injuries as well as property damage due to fires. The fire danger could be further increased because the cylinders could be stored in poorly ventilated areas such as garages, under sinks, in storerooms, supply cabinets, and basements, where other flammable products and materials are located.

Recalled items

The recalled items included the 14.1-ounce Map-Pro, 14.1-ounce Propylene, or 16-ounce MAPP (Methyl Acetylene Propadiene Stabilized). The black or yellow cylinders are approximately 3" in diameter and 11" tall. The cylinders and torch kits have a variety of labels, including the following:

  • ACE
  • ASCO
  • BENCHMARK
  • BERNZOMATIC
  • CRAFTSMAN
  • EMC
  • EXPRESS
  • Firepower
  • GENTEC
  • GOSS
  • HOTERY
  • Jones Stephens Corp
  • LENOX
  • Mag-Torch
  • MAGNA
  • Mastercraft and TURNER
  • Master Mechanic
  • MAPP
  • NAPA BERNZOMATIC
  • PREST-O-LITE
  • RONA
  • ROTHENBERGER
  • SUPER-EGO
  • SureFire
  • TurboTorch
  • UNIWELD
  • WORTHINGTON MAPP GAS
  • WORTHINGTON MAP/Pro
  • WORTHINGTON PROPYLENE

The company's recalled gas cylinders were sold alone or as part of a torch kit. The cylinders were sold at various wholesale plumbing and HVAC supply stores and retail home improvement stores such as Home Depot, Lowe's, and Ace Hardware stores. The recalled products were available from October 2004 through January 2012. Instructions on how to dispose of the recalled products can be found on the CPSC and Consumer Reports websites.

How Meyers & Flowers can help

Meyers & Flowers is prepared to assist those who have suffered an injury or property damage due to a fire in their home or business caused by a Worthington Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinder. Our team has a history of working with the victims and families harmed by defective products.

We understand what it takes to go up against major corporations and can advise you on how to proceed with legal action. Please reach out to us at [email protected] or 877-221-2511 for more information.

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