When individuals misuse portable gas cans, manufacturers are often blamed. While data shows the number of accidents involving gas cans has steadily declined, the number of lawsuits and the amounts paid in settlements by the liability carriers has increased, especially after a significant number of additional lawsuits which were filed in 2011. A result of these lawsuits caused Blitz USA, which produced 75% of the portable gas cans sold, to declare bankruptcy and close in 2012.
Our proposed legislation gives a limited waiver of liability in the event injury results from the misuse of a consumer gas can. Until the Consumer Product Safety Commission decides to adopt and enforce an industry standard, manufacturers of portable gas cans will be vulnerable to liability. Adopting a limited waiver of liability in the event a gas can is misused will protect gas can manufacturers and sellers from spurious litigation. It will ensure that an adequate supply of safe, approved gas cans will continue to be available to consumers. Click here for more information.