October 7, 1988  
Release # 88-081

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Bic Corporation announced that Bic is voluntarily recalling its new regular size fixed flame lighters because, according to estimates of the firm, the flame on approximately 0.04% of these lighters may not extinguish. There have been no reported accidents or complaints about the lighters.

Approximately 6.5 million of these new regular size fixed flame lighters have been distributed since July 21, 1988, when Bic began to distribute this new lighter. The majority of these lighters are still in warehouses or in the Bic distribution chain. Bic has already made the manufacturing changes necessary to solve the potential problem with the regular size fixed flame lighter.

The regular size Bic fixed flame lighter is packaged in either a plastic pouch containing two lighters or in an open plastic tray. The plastic pouch states "with fixed flame." Consumers can identify the lighter because it does not contain a wheel, which permits the user to adjust the flame height.

Bic Mini fixed flame and Bic regular size adjustable lighters, which represent 98% of the Bic lighters on the market, are not affected by this recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the regular size fixed flame Bic lighter and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.