Published On: 12.9.2013 Charlotte, NC

Wal-Mart Offers $25 Million To Settle Gas Can Explosion Lawsuits

On behalf of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates


In health and safety news, Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, has agreed to contribute nearly $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans.

The money from Wal-Mart amounts to about 15% of a proposed $161 million fund that would settle dozens of product health and safety lawsuits against Blitz USA, once the largest manufacturer of these cans but now out of business. A hearing on the proposed settlement is set for early next year.

Wal-Mart is the largest seller of these plastic gas cans and has sold tens of millions of Blitz gas cans. In agreeing to contribute toward the settlement, it does not acknowledge any safety defect in the Blitz cans.

Lawsuits allege that Blitz and Wal-Mart knowingly sold a defective product that could explode and produce catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries, and refused to add a flame arrester to make the cans safer.

Parties to the lawsuits, including Blitz USA’s estate, debtors, participating insurers and Wal-Mart, have agreed to contribute $161 million to settle with many of the plaintiffs, while denying liability for the personal injury claims or that any defect in the cans is the cause of the incidents.

If you have been injured in a gas can explosion, questions and issues can be put to the test by the experienced and successful advocates at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates. Do not hesitate to contact our office by telephone at (704)376-1911 or toll free at 800-977-3077, for a free initial consultation.