|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 1998
Release # 98-116
|Company Phone Number: (800) 988-3956
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Conros Corp. Announce Recall of Fuel Canisters for Outdoor Bamboo Torches
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Conros Corp., of Toronto, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 "Summer Lights" brand fuel canisters for outdoor bamboo torches. The fuel canister assembly can cause the bamboo pole to ignite.
Conros is aware of three incidents in Ontario, Canada, in which the bamboo pole caught on fire. No injuries or property damage was reported.
The recall involves only those "Summer Lights" torches equipped with a refillable plastic fuel canister with a metal flame guard attached by a spring. "Summer Lights Torch...Refillable Fuel Canister," is written on the front of the plastic fuel canister. Consumers fill the fuel canisters with citronella and place them into a bamboo pole.
Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the torches from April through May 1998 for about $5.
Consumers should stop using these "Summer Lights" torches immediately, and call Conros toll-free at (800) 988-3956 anytime for refund or replacement information.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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