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Gas Can Manufacturer Folds in Miami, Okla. [Gas Cans (not gas) burning people....]
Tulsa World ^ | 7/24/2012 | Sheila Stogsdill

Posted on 07/31/2012 10:45:16 AM PDT by AdamBomb

MIAMI, Okla. - Product liability lawsuits have extinguished an Ottawa County gasoline can manufacturer, says Rocky Flick, owner and chief operating officer of Blitz U.S.A.

Blitz U.S.A./F3 Brands in Miami filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 9. On Monday, the company said it will close its doors July 31 and lay off 117 people.

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The lawsuits that doomed Blitz mostly centered on individuals pouring gasoline out of a can onto an open fire, with the vapors igniting and causing injuries.

Three warnings about not mixing gasoline and fire, in addition to other safety precautions, are displayed predominately on the red plastic cans.

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The company went to trial in two cases, winning one lawsuit and losing the other, a $4 million verdict involving the death of a 4-year-old girl.

The jury found Blitz 70 percent liable, Flick said.

The child was living in a camper in Utah when her father poured gasoline into a wood stove, which ignited, he said.

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Blitz has about 70 percent of the market selling gas cans, Flick said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: epa; gas; lawsuits; lawyers
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Check out the price of a plastic Blitz gas can on ebay.....
1 posted on 07/31/2012 10:45:20 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: AdamBomb
Kill all the (trial) lawyers.
2 posted on 07/31/2012 10:56:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: AdamBomb
So, now they will be all made in China. That will improve safety. /sarc
3 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:08 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: AdamBomb

What kind of foolish idiot pours gasoline on a fire?


4 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:08 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: AdamBomb
I noticed at Walmart a couple of weeks ago that the price on gas cans had "skyrocketed."

Now I know why.

5 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
What kind of foolish idiot pours gasoline on a fire?

Eric Holder's people.

6 posted on 07/31/2012 10:59:19 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: AdamBomb

There is always a greater idiot out there that you simply cannot design a product around.
Of course I’m sorry for the innocents that get hurt due to a moron adult BUT there comes a point where stupid people become a danger to society and we should let their own actions doom them. Yup - heartless, I know. And frankly, I’d like to see the fool with the gas can hug his lawyer and enjoy a good cigar together.


7 posted on 07/31/2012 11:00:14 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: AdamBomb

I had to buy a new gas can a while back. It had the government approves safety spout that leaks gas, makes a mess, doesn’t work and is obviously prone to starting fires when refilling hot equipment.


8 posted on 07/31/2012 11:01:47 AM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I know this, if I ever meet the SOB responsible for those three hand safety nozzles that are mandated for all new gas cans, I’m kicking them square in the cashews! I did however figure out how to hack them and turn them into a straight through nozzle.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 11:02:22 AM PDT by Boiling point
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To: Red_Devil 232

Lowell Weicker, Winnie Mandela and David Bowie, for starters.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 11:04:15 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: AdamBomb

The father kills his daughter when blowing up his camper by pouring gas into a wood-burning stove and is only 30% responsible?


11 posted on 07/31/2012 11:04:46 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: AdamBomb

I should add that if something bad HAD happened, it would be unconscionable to blame the maker of the can.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 11:06:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

—What kind of foolish idiot pours gasoline on a fire?—

Me. :-(


13 posted on 07/31/2012 11:06:47 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: AdamBomb
I have one of those cans, and I'm short of money.

I wonder how much money I could get if I DRANK some of the gasoline.

I checked... there are no warnings not to drink the gas... Of course there are warnings about putting the gas on fire and the poor innocents still got money.

Maybe the user couldn't read or maybe it was in the wrong language.

or Oh maybe the warnings are just imprinted in the plastic so only good eye sight can read it.

But the poor victims of defective plastic cans probably knew that gasoline burns... oh!

Or maybe they thought gas extinguishes fires!

Geez... I wonder how much gas I could drink without killing myself?

A 5th?

14 posted on 07/31/2012 11:08:22 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Boiling point

—I know this, if I ever meet the SOB responsible for those three hand safety nozzles...—

I had a fit with mine untlil I realized how easy it was to break off all the safety feature tabs. Now it’s very easy to get the top unscrewed and easy to pour gas from it.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 11:08:42 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Boiling point
I want to catch the bastard that came up with the ventless gas can.
16 posted on 07/31/2012 11:09:14 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Baynative

I just quite buying the plastic cans. The spouts are a ridiculous Rub Goldburg affair that dont work. The old plastic can w/ a simple spout was the last addition and its glacially slow. My newest is a metal can w/ a removable plastic spout/funnel which works really great and is fast!!. It was pricey BUT it works and gives a fast fill....and should last several life times. Hopefully it wont appear on anyones radar and get redesigned.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 11:11:14 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Red_Devil 232

“What kind of foolish idiot pours gasoline on a fire?”

___

Liberals, DemocRATs, Members of the free s*it army and other assorted ignorant a$$holes.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 11:14:19 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: The Cajun
I want to catch the bastard that came up with the ventless gas can.

I'm in line right behind you.

Took two gas cans on a camping trip with gas for the generator. One old one and one of those stupid new ones. It was 100 degrees and the new one swelled up like a balloon. Don't know what the burst rating on it was. Do know it spilled gas all over the place when I unscrewed the stupid siphon.

I'm sure more vapors were released because of that than were let out when I flipped the little vent cap on the old one.

I swear, the world is being run by certified morons.
19 posted on 07/31/2012 11:14:19 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: bossmechanic
There is always a greater idiot out there that you simply cannot design a product around.

Just this morning I saw snippet of news here in Michigan about restaurants being investigated due to complaints that the food doesn't look the same as pictures on the menu.

We simply cannot survive as a nation with this much stupidity dragging us down and we can survive a bloated government that feels the need to intervene in this much stupidity.
20 posted on 07/31/2012 11:15:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Red_Devil 232; beef; bossmechanic; Baynative; Boiling point; TexasCajun; ...

Buy a few of these before it is too late...

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/us-military-style-20l-5-1-4-gal-jerry-can-olive-drab.aspx?a=984598


21 posted on 07/31/2012 11:16:32 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: beef

Blitz didn’t build these cans.....somebody else did that.


22 posted on 07/31/2012 11:20:46 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: The Cajun

Just drill yourself a little hole in the plastic and put a screw in it.


23 posted on 07/31/2012 11:20:50 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Baynative
It's not difficult to disable the safety device in those gas can spouts. I have done so to my gas cans. I also have disconnected the PTO safety switch under the seat of my lawn mower. I have torn off all the labels on my pillows and furniture cushions. I don't recycle. I DO wear my seat belt, as that is actually a good idea.
24 posted on 07/31/2012 11:21:59 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: 556x45
Utility jugs. Big, fast spouts! Legal for off-road fuel only! (snicker)


25 posted on 07/31/2012 11:22:46 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: All

we need a “dumb sh*t” rule rather than tort reform.

Gross stupidity akin to ironing clothes while wearing them or look over the edge of a wilderness cliff deserve all the consquences they recieve.


26 posted on 07/31/2012 11:22:50 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AdamBomb

Good riddance. I have about 5 or 6 Blitz gas cans and every one of them leak. The only reason I have them is they are the only brand you can find. The lawsuit that sunk them sounds bogus, but no telling how many folks have had accidents with their leaky product and didn’t sue


27 posted on 07/31/2012 11:22:56 AM PDT by Figment
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To: Baynative

I bought one of those plastic cans recently. This one was made in Canada, of all places.

That ridiculous spout mechanism broke after a few uses, and even when it worked it was difficult to control the flow of gas from it. And, yes, it leaked and made a mess.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 11:23:54 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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I have some of these Blitz cans and they are terrible.

I agree that the ventless thing was a very bad idea.

Anyone care to recommend a better gas can?

29 posted on 07/31/2012 11:26:16 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: AdamBomb

Let me get this straight. A few ambulance chasers and 3 town idiots manage to ruin the livelihoods of at least 117 people. And they call right wingers greedy and selfish.


30 posted on 07/31/2012 11:31:36 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: AdamBomb

Hahahaha!


31 posted on 07/31/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Fresh Wind

I checked the name on the worthless can I bought.

It is Scepter, made in Canada.

Don’t buy one of these under any circumstances.


32 posted on 07/31/2012 11:33:17 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: crusty old prospector; chrisser
Just drill yourself a little hole in the plastic and put a screw in it.

No, I keep a bunch of extra gas and diesel for the riding mowers, weed eater, chain saws and tractor, etc, etc.
I used to keep them in my workshop, but after seeing the problems, I bought a little prefab shed and now keep them well away (100 ft) from my house and workshop.
The swelling plastic and seepage on hot days is just to worrisome.

33 posted on 07/31/2012 11:33:56 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: AdamBomb

Some detail behind the child’s death:

“The girl, 4, was living in an unheated camper in Utah when her father poured gasoline into a woodstove, which ignited, Flick said. The child and her father caught on fire, the father ran out of the camper and left the child inside while he tried to put flames out that were on him”

He left his 4 year old daughter inside a burning camper?

I hope he dies a slow, agonizing death......


34 posted on 07/31/2012 11:35:22 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: Fresh Wind

It can’t be any worse than a Blitz


35 posted on 07/31/2012 11:35:39 AM PDT by Figment
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To: AdamBomb

I’m sure when we’re all forced to carry gasoline around in old Clorox jugs, we’ll all be a lot safer.


36 posted on 07/31/2012 11:38:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Boiling point

>> “ I did however figure out how to hack them and turn them into a straight through nozzle.” <<

.
But how do you seal the jug now?

The current models are not a standard thread size, and cannot bne fully closed without the stupid nozzle.


37 posted on 07/31/2012 11:39:37 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Figment
It can’t be any worse than a Blitz

That's all you can find around here.
When ever I fuel up the tractor with diesel, I bring a roll of paper towels with me.
There is always a mess with a Blitz.

38 posted on 07/31/2012 11:42:30 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: AdamBomb
The child was living in a camper in Utah when her father poured gasoline into a wood stove, which ignited, he said.

And it was 70% the gas can's fault, 25% the 'Big Oil' company, 15% the stove manufacturer and 12.75% the match maker.

Even if the can developed a leak and spilled into the stove, I still blame the Dad for keeping gas near an open flame.

39 posted on 07/31/2012 11:44:55 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Figment
It can’t be any worse than a Blitz

No, probably not.

The Scepter is called an "Eco Can". That is liberalese for "worthless piece of ****", but I ignored the warning.

40 posted on 07/31/2012 11:46:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Figment

You have to understand that it’s not Blitz’s fault. The freakin EPA makes them adhere to their crap. I believe the “ventless” thing was the EPA’s idea. Also, read in the thread below the orginal story EPA makes these can companies send them 500+ cans for testing. If they don’t pass, they gotta send em another 500 cans.


41 posted on 07/31/2012 11:46:46 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: AdamBomb

This should go to appeal. Improper use of product should never be a liability to the maker.

Good for Blitz to go out of business and go Galt. Maybe those being laid off ought to go visit the idiots that sued them.


42 posted on 07/31/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: longtermmemmory

The sunshade I put in my windshield has a label that says, “Do not operate car with shade in place.”


43 posted on 07/31/2012 11:50:25 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: The Cajun

The best bet is removing the pour spout and using an adequate funnel. The problem is in transporting the darned things in a vehicle. I finally have just tossed the spouts and use home made RTV gaskets on the cans for transport


44 posted on 07/31/2012 11:52:15 AM PDT by Figment
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To: Figment
The problem is in transporting the darned things in a vehicle.

LOL, when ever I make a run to the filling station, I always park my truck next to the water hose to wash out the bed when I get home.
Bed liners don't like diesel or gasoline.
Wouldn't even think about putting them in the trunk of my car.

45 posted on 07/31/2012 12:02:49 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Baynative

Yep, you pretty much summed it up, those new spouts are horrible and have no seal. There’s no way to keep gas from leaking out of those things, whether you have the spout out or even if the thing is closed. If I was worried about safety, I’d try to find one of the old metal gas cans.


46 posted on 07/31/2012 12:06:04 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Red_Devil 232

A foolish idiot, and believe me, there are lots of them out there.


47 posted on 07/31/2012 12:06:46 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: DickBrannigan
I hope he dies a slow, agonizing death......

Well, he is an idiot, to start with.

Ever see an idiot with a pocket full of money?

He probably won't last long once he cashes the check.

48 posted on 07/31/2012 12:14:48 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Rio
Anyone care to recommend a better gas can?

I bought one of these in the 2 gallon size about 20 years ago and is the best can I've ever owned for transporting fuel. They cost about $40 now.


49 posted on 07/31/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: AdamBomb

Darn, I’ve got a Blitz can in the garage. Yes, the American public is too stupid to know enough not to pour gasoline on a fire. In their stupidity, they must be protected from evil makers of gas cans.


50 posted on 07/31/2012 12:28:29 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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