FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2000
Release # 00-189
|Halpern Recall Hotline: (800) 624-5280
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Halpern Import Co. Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling about 350,000 disposable cigarette lighters. These lighters can burn with a high flame and can fail to extinguish, presenting fire and burn hazards.
CPSC and Halpern Import Co. have received one report of a woman who received second degree burns on her chest when the lighter failed to extinguish and ignited her clothing.
The disposable cigarette lighters being recalled are oval-tube- shaped. "TURBO 2000" is printed on the body of the lighter. The lighters have a green, red, blue, black or yellow body and a metal top. A label on the lighter reads "CHILD-RESISTANT DISPOSABLE LIGHTER," "KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN," and "MADE IN CHINA." UPC number 0 80692 05010 1 is printed on the back of the lighters.
Tobacco and thrift stores nationwide sold these lighters from June 1999 through May 2000 for about $1.
Consumers immediately should stop using these lighters and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Halpern Import Co. at (800) 624-5280 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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