BernzOmatic is an American manufacturing company. It was founded by Otto Bernz (May 21, 1856 – February 17, 1932) in 1876 in Newark, New Jersey as Otto Bernz Co.. The company manufactures handheld torches and accessories, especially gas burner torches using fuel cylinders containing butane, propane, MAPP gas, and oxygen for soldering, brazing, and welding. Its trademark torch packs include Basic Use, Multi-Application, and Specialty. Its products include torches, fuel cylinders, kits, solders and accessories, and utility lighters.
BernzOmatic, now a Worthington entity, continues to manufacture handheld propane and propylene ("Map-pro") cylinders, but unfortunately these products have been plagued with defects that have caused severe burn injuries and deaths, and continue to be the subject matter of lawsuits nationally as well as internationally. The cylinders often fail at the "neck" just below the threads to which the torch attachments are mounted, but sometimes fail on the cylinder body itself. Details of the defects any of the lawsuits are published at:
Injuries and instances of product defects and failures may be reported through http://www.torchinjuries.com/contact.html and to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or www.SaferProducts.gov (reference number 20180519-A9E35-2147387862).
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