Contact: Jesus Chairez

June 3, 1999

(214) 827-6239

Release # 99-119b

PRODUCT: Cigarette lighters - C & H Trading, Metairie, La., is voluntarily recalling about 40,000 disposable cigarette lighters and luxury. Disposable lighters are metal with rubber coating that come in red, blue, silver, chrome or black. The recalled lighters come in the form of cars, grenades, elephants, crocodiles, motorcycles, guns or phones. The cars are made ??of metal and plastic and have red or green. The phones are plastic and are colored black.The other novelty lighters are bronze colored metal. The lighters were made ??in China. No labels on the lighters. Small establishments retailing in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas and Washington lighters sold from October 1998 through March 1999 for about $ 1 to $ 3. A C & H exhibition held in November 1998 in Louisiana also offered lighters for sale.>Encendedores

PROBLEM: The lighters have no mechanism for handling strength required by federal law. The young children could ignite the lighters creating, creating fire and burn hazards. Incidents / Injuries: None reported. WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund total. Consumers who bought the lighters in the exhibition may obtain reimbursement directly from the company. For instructions on returning the company lighters to obtain a refund or for more information, consumers should call C & H Trading, to collect at (504) 456-9251 between 9:30 am and 4: 30 pm CT Monday through Friday. Commission Consumer Product in the United States protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on the fax service at the request of the CPSC, as call the CPSC Hotline 'at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter number ( 301) 595-7054. To order a press release through fax on request, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the number of the statement. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information products at the CPSC website at