FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

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FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby Bogo » Fri May 31, 2013 3:12 pm

This showed up on another site I frequent.
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=7c7384ae997be310VgnVCM100000d2c97898RCRD&vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&vgnextfmt=print

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Hazmat/Emergency_Recall_Order_The_Lite_Cylinder_Company_Inc.pdf

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Hazmat/Lite_Cylinder_Company_Termination_Letter.pdf

The emergency order was issued after a PHMSA investigation of Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tennessee, revealed unsafe conditions and practices. The emergency order mandated more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber composite cylinders be removed from service. These composite cylinders are commonly used as portable fuel tanks for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).


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Fyi: Litecilinder propane recall
I got this on my my e-mail today.
I know a few of you have them like I do.
Not sure as to why the recall, but I haven't read the entire email..

May 30, 2013

Attention: All Retailers, Distributors and Users of Composite Cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company,

Subject: Emergency Recall Order

The US Department of Transportation has issued an “Emergency Recall Order” for all LPG composite cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company as per the following Emergency Order No. 2013-002. The recall notice specifically identifies those cylinders manufactured under DOT-SP 14562 (and DOT-SP 13957 as authorized therein), DOT-SP 13105, any cylinder re-qualified under H706, and any cylinders manufactured under M5729.

Lite Cylinder Company has submitted a Petition for Review with DOT seeking to amend several portions of this Recall Order. It is unknown as to when or to what extent, if any, portions of this recall may be modified. Until such time, users of this product are directed to immediately cease use of the cylinders identified in the recall.

All cylinder sizes are involved in this recall: 10#, 20#, 25# and 33#



Please note that the directive states “Under no circumstances should a cylinder described in this emergency recall order be filled, refilled, or used for the transportation of hazardous materials.” The cylinder’s identifying markings may be found on the label affixed to the dome of the cylinder.

To effectively comply with this recall, cylinder owners must:
1. Take proper safeguards in identifying and handling the affected cylinders identified in this order.

2. Cease use of all specified cylinders until notified of DOT response to Petition for Review.


3. Arrange to have all propane gas removed from cylinder. This should only be done by qualified persons, trained in handling cylinders in accordance with Federal regulations. (Note: All propane dispensing agents should meet this criteria.) This person must discharge all gas, purge, and remove the valve per the recall.

4. Return the empty, purged, valve-less cylinders, to the manufacturer, freight prepaid, at:

The Lite Cylinder Company
139 Southeast Parkway Court
Franklin, TN 37064

Please note that Lite has petitioned to amend Recall Order to allow specified cylinders to be field destroyed. We will promptly advise if Order is so amended.

A copy of the Recall Order (3 pages) is attached for your reference.

While Lite is in sharp disagreement with the extraordinary and overwhelming harshness of this action, we will make every reasonable effort to comply. We clearly recognize there are associated financial implications as well as considerable inconvenience to our loyal and valued customers. Our team is currently trying to assess solutions to address these concerns and will communicate a response at the earliest possible date.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby digimark » Fri May 31, 2013 7:59 pm

According to the USDOT recall notice, they inspected the plant and found (paraphrasing) "really bad juju" in the making of the tanks, bad
enough to immediately halt manufacture and recall everything they've made. It's pretty obvious the company is toast and they will most
likely never be allowed to make these again. I wonder what the feds found?
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby GerryS » Fri May 31, 2013 10:13 pm

That's too bad. I've kept hoping to see these at my local ace...
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby Verna » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:08 am

Thanks, Bogo. I forwarded this to a friend who has one.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby nevadatear » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:26 am

Well hell's bells. We loved ours. Fit perfectly in ourtongue box. :thumbdown: :cry:
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby Bogo » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:00 pm

Looks like they are bankrupt and no longer in business. So that means there is nobody to handle the recal returns and disposal.

If I had one, I'd use it until it is empty. Then remove the valve, and stick it upside down outside so any remaining propane vapors drain out. Propane is heavier than air. It should make a reasonable air tan for filling up tires.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby desertmoose » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:23 pm

nevadatear wrote:Well hell's bells. We loved ours. Fit perfectly in ourtongue box. :thumbdown: :cry:



Debbie:
Cabela's has an 11 pound size cylinder that looks close to the size of your lite one.
Might fit in your tongue box.

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/largeIma ... 775_011_01
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/ ... t104246280


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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby 48Rob » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:19 pm

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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby bdosborn » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:54 pm

I Just checked ours and its not on the recall list. Its not like its the best propane tank ever. Oh wait, yes it is. :x Stuff like this follows me around. $>

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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby nevadatear » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:15 am

Arn't every single one that they ever built being recalled? :(.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby nevadatear » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:47 am

Thanks, sam. Ordered one, but it wont be here intime for unionville. And it adds morevweight to the already heavy tongue. :x :crying2: :noyes: :DOH2: company's now out of business and not responding to the recall requirement. No chance this will be rectified! So depressing.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby Dale M. » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:13 am

Bogo wrote:Looks like they are bankrupt and no longer in business. So that means there is nobody to handle the recal returns and disposal.

If I had one, I'd use it until it is empty. Then remove the valve, and stick it upside down outside so any remaining propane vapors drain out. Propane is heavier than air. It should make a reasonable air tan for filling up tires.


Recall notice states "render them useless for holding pressure" (page 13, bullet item 5) ..... Seems there is a structural issue... Whether you had propane at 125 psi or air pressure at 125 psi, the pure force of fiberglass shrapnel flying around is scary enough if tank self destructs....

http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PH ... ny_Inc.pdf

The resulting explosion of the propane would only be a secondary event if tank ruptures from poor construction ...

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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby Bogo » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:13 am

Propane pressure relief valves are set at 275 to 300 lbs. At standard temperatures the tanks run around 177 lbs plus to keep the propane liquid.
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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby bdosborn » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:20 am

nevadatear wrote:Arn't every single one that they ever built being recalled? :(.


I didn't think so:

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But, it sure makes you wonder about ALL of the tanks they made...

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Re: FYI: Lite Cylinder recall

Postby nevadatear » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:24 am

Ours is marked with the first numbers anyway. :(
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