August 29, 2007
Sam’s Club Recalls Outdoor Torch Lamps Due to Fire, Burn and Laceration Hazards
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Ceramic Oil Torch Lamps
Units: About 138,000
Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The ceramic torch head can come loose or be dislodged during use, allowing it to break and spill torch fuel. This poses a risk of cuts, fire or burn injuries and property damage.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 107 reports of the ceramic torch head separating from its base. There are two reports of injuries including cuts to the hands of a consumer who was picking up broken pieces, and a child who received a cut to the scalp from a falling torch head and a skin rash from the spilled oil.
Description: The recalled oil torch lamp is 6-feet tall with a green, bowl-shaped, ceramic open-flame lamp that is attached to a brown cast iron pole and stand. A flame snuffer is attached to the lamp by a chain. The lamp and pole can be disconnected from the base and the pole placed directly in the ground. The product was sold as a set of four torches.
Sold at: Sam’s Clubs nationwide from February 2007 through July 2007 for about $60.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torch lamps and return them to Sam’s Club for a full refund. Sam’s Club is contacting consumers who purchased the torch lamps directly.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the firm’s recall hotline at (800) 828-9316 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.walmartstores.com
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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