More Than 45 Million Gallons of Propane Gas Recalled Due to Fire, Explosion, and Burn Risks

The propane may not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak

More Than 45 Million Gallons of Propane Gas Recalled Due to Fire, Explosion, and Burn Risks
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December 29, 2017

Western Gas has initiated a recall of more than 45 million gallons of propane (LP) gas.

The recalled propane may not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas could lead to fire, explosion, consumer injury, or property damage.

Recall Details

This recall involves under-odorized propane (LP) gas delivered to consumers' storage tanks or sold at retail locations in portable cylinders (for use in recreational vehicles, grills, stoves, and other appliances).

Propane tanks that have been inspected for the level of odorant or have been refilled after November 2017 are not affected by this recall.

Where was the gas sold?

The impacted propane was distributed in the states of Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The gas was delivered by various companies and sold by various retailers from April 2015 through October 2017.

No incidents or injuries related to this recall have been reported, to date.

What should consumers do?

Consumers should not attempt to test the affected propane themselves. Instead, consumers who have propane delivered to storage tanks should immediately contact their supplier or Western Gas to determine whether their propane is included in the recall and arrange for a free inspection. If the inspection confirms the propane contains insufficient levels of odorant, Western Gas will promptly arrange for additional odorization or replacement of the under-odorized propane.

Consumers who have purchased a portable propane cylinder should contact the retailer where it was purchased or the Western Gas hotline to determine whether their cylinder is affected. All recalled cylinders can be returned to the retailer for a replacement.

If consumers do smell even a faint odor of gas or a gas leak, they should immediately leave the building and call 911 or their gas supplier from a neighbor's phone. Do not light a match, turn on a light, or switch on anything electrical.

Consumers with additional questions or concerns about this recall can contact Western Gas toll-free at (833) 444-1451.