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CPSC, Kikkerland Designs Inc. Announce Recall of Novelty Lighters

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Recall Date:
April 13, 1999

Recall Details


Company Phone Number: (800) 869-1105

April 13, 1999


Release # 99-095

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kikkerland Designs Inc., of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 20,000 novelty lighters. The lighters do not have any child-resistant mechanisms, as required by the Consumer Product Safety Act. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting a fire hazard.

CPSC and Kikkerland Designs Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The novelty lighters being recalled resemble lamps and flying saucers. The flying saucer lighter, made of silver metal and orange plastic, measures about 3.25 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches high. "UFO" is imprinted in the ignition switch and flashing lights illuminate once the switch is activated. The lamp lighter, with a blue shade, yellow pole and black base, is made of metal and measures about 6.75 inches high. It has no labeling and uses a pull chain as the ignition switch. The flame comes out of the top of the lamp shade.

Small retail stores and souvenir shops nationwide sold these lighters from March 1997 through February 1999 for about $10.

Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Kikkerland Designs Inc. at (800) 869-1105 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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