|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2005
Release # 05-100
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 431-1212
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic (301) 504-7058
CPSC, Arett Sales Corp. Announce Recall of Multi-Purpose Barbecue Lighters
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Arett Sales Corporation (ASC), of Cherry Hill, N.J., is recalling about 2 million multi-purpose barbecue lighters. Sold under the brand name "Kitchen Works," the lighters lack child-resistant mechanisms that meet federal safety standards. Young children could operate these lighters which poses a fire hazard. Federal standards require multi-purpose lighters to have the same level of child- resistance as required in the safety standard for cigarette lighters. The child-resistant mechanism must operate safely, function for the expected life of the lighter, and not be easy to deactivate. The child- resistant mechanism also must automatically reset after each use.
ASC has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these barbecue lighters.
The recalled gas-fueled lighters have an orange or red plastic body, and a silver-colored metal nozzle. Each lighter measures 10 ¾- inches long. The lighters were made in China.
Dollar stores nationwide sold the barbecue lighters from January 2001 through July 2004 for about $1.
Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of the lighters in a manner that is in compliance with all state and local requirements. Lighters should not be incinerated or punctured.
For more information, consumers should contact ASC toll-free at (800) 431-1212 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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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