JUNE 10, 1993


Release # 93-079


PRODUCT: Approximately 45,000 "Citronella Scented 33-inch Bamboo Lawn Torches" sold at "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores between April and July 1992. The torch is a 33 inch long, cylinder shaped, wax candle on a bamboo stake, which is used outdoors for lighting and insect control. 

PROBLEM: The torch may suddenly erupt or "flash", shooting flames and hot wax onto consumers in close proximity.

WHAT TO DO: Return torches to "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores for a full refund.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), "Everything's A Dollar," Milwaukee, WI, is voluntarily recalling approximately 45,000 bamboo lawn torches it sold between April and July 1992.

The $1.00 torches, designed for temporary outside lighting and insect control, are 33 inches long, cylinder shaped, citronella scented, wax candles on bamboo stakes. The torches have the potential to erupt and "flash", possibly showering sparks, flames or hot wax onto people nearby. There have been reports of seven incidents involving burn injuries.

The lawn torches were sold at various "Everything's A Dollar" retail stores nationwide. They can be identified by their bright yellow packaging containing the printed phrase "Citronella Scented 33-inch Lawn Torch." These torches are a "one time only" use product.

Consumers should not use the lawn torches but should return them to "Everything's A Dollar" stores for a full refund.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.