|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
February 13, 2003
Release # 03-081
Firm's Recall Hotline: (503) 998-9801 |
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Young's J.K. Inc. Announce Recall of Novelty Lighters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Young's J.K. Inc., of Portland, Ore., is voluntarily
recalling about 500 novelty cigarette lighters. These lighters do not
have child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young
children can ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.
CPSC has received one report of a 2-year-old using one of these
lighters to ignite an upholstered chair. The fire resulted in the death
of his 6-year-old brother and permanent brain damage to the 2-year old.
The refillable, dolphin-shaped cigarette lighters are butane gas-
fueled and made of metal. There are three models involved in this
recall. One of the lighters features a dolphin with a large ball and is
labeled "1988.8 Young's Wholes 14.9." Another lighter features a single
dolphin and is labeled "00005011 $14.00 EA." The last model features two
dolphins and a ball, and has no label.
Gas stations, smoke shops, grocery, gift and liquor stores sold
the lighters in Oregon and Southwest Washington from 1996 through
October 2001 for between $8 and $20.
Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return
them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information,
consumers can contact Young's J.K. collect at (503) 998-9801 between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Notice and Disclaimer: The information provided in these pages is preliminary and informational only. No liability is offered or assumed for inaccuracies in this information. Please check with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to confirm the completeness of all information provided.
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