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Cabot Recalls Composite Deck Cleaners

Cabot has recalled about 24,000 Cabot Composite Deck Cleaners. One of the components of the composite cleaner can react with metal foil residue on the packaging, releasing heat and chlorine gas, which poses a fire and inhalation hazard to consumers.

This recall involves the Cabot Composite Deck Cleaner #3502. The deck cleaner is a granular concentrate that, when mixed with water, is used to clean composite surfaces such as decks, railings, steps, fences and siding. It was sold in a 2-pound plastic container. The label on the container reads: "Cabot Composite Cleaner" and has number 3502 at the bottom of the front of the label. Cabot has received one report of the composite cleaner's plastic container partially melting and emitting a chlorine odor. No injuries were reported.

The cleaner was made in the United States and sold at home improvement centers and hardware stores nationwide from February 2007 through February 2008 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. If the container looks deformed or if it feels hot to the touch, immediately call Cabot anytime to arrange for the safe handling of the product. For additional information, contact Cabot at (877) 755-3336, or visit the company's Web site at

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