There have been several known explosions and severe burn injuries caused by these products, and indeed several law suits are pending
throughout the country. Below are photos from three cases.
In all known instances, the cylinders have separated at the neck, directly below the thread mount of the torch head -
There is a tendency on the part of the injured persons to believe that they are at fault for having "tapped" the tip of the torch
against an object, such as a pipe during plumbing installations, or perhaps knocking the torch assembly off a shelf. This is
because in most instances the injured persons are not aware that the torch tip itself has a "fracture groove" intended to prevent
breach of the cylinder, as described on the back of the packaging -
In every known instance and litigation file we have reviewed involving a breach of the cylinder, the torch fracture groove has never
broken, and the torch tip has never shown evidence of force or impact. Scientific field tests strongly suggest that that
the cylinders have breached in every instance at well below 15 foot-pounds of force, when in fact the fracture grooves break at a
measured force of 22-26 foot-pounds.
This means the fracture grooves are defectively designed because they break at a force far greater than required to breach the cylinder.
It also means a significant number of manufactured cylinders breach at well below the fracture groove break-point, evidencing a more
prominent product defect. The test results are discussed under "EXPERTS FINDINGS"
Bernzomatic (Irwin Tool Industries) packages the torch tips and cylinders together, and markets them under its label. Several
other brand names appear on these products, but for legal purposes, they are all sold or distributed through Newell-Rubbermaid / Irwin
Tool Industries / Bernzomatic / Worthington / Western. There appears to be only one manufacturer and distributor of the
product, though at the time of this publication it appears Worthington is now placing its labels directly on new "MAP" yellow cylinders.
More information on the manufacturers and distributors can be found under "MANUFACTURER"
Bernzomatic disclaims liability by alleging that despite having its label on the products, it does not physically manufacture the
cylinders. Western manufactured the cylinders through 2004, then Worthington manufactured the cylinders from some time
in 2005 onward. In that same litigation, Worthington appears to be wrongfully alleging Western manufactured the product,
while Western appears to be correctly alleging (in that action only) that Worthington was the manufacturer. The distributor
and manufacturer, namely Bernzomatic and Worthington, have taken improper approaches in dealing with the victims of their products
by being dishonest and refusing to correct the defects, to the severe detriment of future victims. Worthington in particular
has made some signficant misrepresentations, and has proven to be irresponsible and inconsiderate towards the victims severely injured
by its product. The stories of Bernzomatic and Worthington shall be discussed in detail under "IRRESPONSIBILITY AND CARELESS
DISREGARD FOR SAFETY"
Careful monitoring of misrepresentations of fact and law by any of these defendants shall be conducted regularly, and shall be disclosed
through this web site along with the identities of all attorneys and sources of inacccurate and untrue information. Pleadings
and other important information can be found under "LAWSUITS."
The "lock button" is also a design defect because it allows users to hold the torch by the cylinder (as shown below), which results
in application of force to the cylinder neck if the tip hits an object. The torch must be held by the handle to prevent
force to the cylinder neck.
LEGAL DISPUTE BETWEEN BERNZOMATIC AND WORTHINGTON
Identifying the must culpable distributor or manufacturer with respect to injuries caused by the MAPP gas cylinder and torch handle
can be aided considerably by reviewing the pleadings with respect to the internal legal dispute between Bernzomatic and Worthington,
located under "Internal Disputes
Re: MAPP gas Explosions and Injuries
The victim in the lower two photos suffered burns over 70% of his body and had a "negative 7% chance" of survival. However,
we are very happy to post that after about $2,500,000 in medical expenses, this lucky young man has survived and is in
a steady recovery now.