|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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