August 3, 2007
Release #07-259

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 304-3769
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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Serious Facial Injury from Explosion of Aerosol Can Prompts Sherwin-Williams Recall; Firm Warns Consumers Not to Handle Hi-Heat™ Coating Cans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hi-Heat Aerosol Coating Cans

Units: About 3,000

Manufacturer: The Sherwin-Williams Co., of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: The aerosol cans can over-pressurize and explode, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sherwin-Williams has received one report of a consumer who suffered serious facial injuries including a broken jaw, broken teeth and nose, split lip, and a shattered eye socket when a can exploded.

Description: The recall involves Thermo-Tec Hi-Heat aerosol coating used to color and protect Thermo-Tec automotive exhaust wrap. The part number (#12002) is printed above the UPC, and the date code (#B1815) is written on the bottom of the can. The 11-ounce aerosol can is mostly blue with orange and yellow flames and has an aluminum-colored cap. The can states "HI-HEAT COATING 2000°F" in large white letters on the front of the can.

Sold at: Automotive supply stores, repair shops, and parts suppliers nationwide from August 2005 through June 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should not handle the cans and contact Sherwin-Williams immediately. A representative will be dispatched within 48 hours to safely collect the recalled cans. Consumers will be sent a $15.00 check for each recalled can that is collected.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Sherwin-Williams at (888) 304-3769 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at


Picture of Recalled Hi-Heat Aerosol Coating Can