March 6, 2001
Release # 01-098
Double L Recall Hotline: (800) 253-1399
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles or Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7052 or 1189

CPSC, Double L Announce Recall of Lighters

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Double L Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is recalling about 180,000 multi-purpose lighters. These lighters can leak butane when they are ignited, causing an excessive burst of flame. This presents a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers.

Double L has received five reports of excessive bursts of flame, resulting in burns to consumers.

The lighters are 10 1/2 inches long and were packaged in a cardboard display sleeve under the brand name "DIY." The brand name is not on the lighter. The lighters have a black handle, red plastic trigger and on/off switch, and a silver-colored metal barrel. A yellow label is affixed to the handle reads in part: "DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE...Made in China."

The lighters were sold nationwide at Joann Stores, Family Dollar Stores, Bill Dollar Stores, and Hancock Fabrics from December 1998 to December 1999 for $1 to $2.

Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Double L Inc. at (800) 253-1399 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or write to Double L Inc., P. O. Box 840, Matthews, N.C., 28106.
Picture of Lighter