Originally Posted by Solcielo lawrencia
They didn't weigh the tank afterward? That's careless. You could've passed out, rear-ended another car, and killed them without being conscious of it. What're you going to tell the judge? The CO2 caused it? That's why you stick it in the trunk.
This is exactly why I went back into the store. They were pretty apologetic and scared to death when I walked back into the store with an empty (frozen) tank about 5 minutes after they filled it. I was going to put it in the trunk, however I didn't have anything to strap it down so I placed it between my back seat.
Did you explain to them that they were leaving you and your fiancÚ's health up to guesswork? I would have been livid! If they aren't comfortable with it, don't do it!! Crazy.
They got an earfull - and the hint that I won't be taking my business there after they told me they were guessing.
Same exact thing happened to me about 4 years ago… my dad was driving and a recently-filled CO2 tank depressurized while we were on the freeway. I was holding the tank between my legs (terrible idea, i know), so when the tank depressurized the liquid CO2 hit my right leg. I ended up getting a severe second degree freeze burn that was about 3"x4". Great way to start my freshman year of high school… was on crutches for weeks. Took quite a while to heal, and I still have the scar today. Thankfully it's healed quite nicely, but since then i've always been extremely careful in regards to the way i handle and transport pressurized cylinders.
CO2 tanks are very safe as long as you know what you're doing, the people who fill it know what they're doing (which it sounds like the folks who you dealt with didn't), and you take the proper safety precautions. Accidents like mine can be avoided very easily… glad you, your fiancÚ, and the people around you weren't harmed.
Sorry to hear that this happened to you.
Jeez! Sorry you got hurt - the initial sound it makes when it degasses is enough to scare someone and make them veer off the road. The gas filled the car pretty quick and made it impossible to see. Luckily we were able to pull over and place the hazard lights on. Glad you're okay now - definitely won't be placing the tank between my legs anytime soon.
Happened to me about a year ago when AirGas filled my 5# to 10# weight. The safety valve tripped several minutes after I put the tank in the garage. Thankfully, the tank ended up stuck in a 24-roll of toilet paper and not in any of our cars.
I'm taking my tanks from now on to AirGas as I heard they're more reliable than the fish store I usually take it to. Hopefully the one here doesn't have that problem. I'll let them know the story of what happened today and I'm sure they'll be cautious not to fill it too much. I didn't realize it but AirGas is literaly 200 yards from my apartment - it didn't show up on my google search when looking for a gas supplier.