FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (800) 444-3353 

May 2, 2001

 

Release # 01-139b


View Recall #01-139a

PRODUCT: Propane Torches - Harbor Freight Tools, of Camarillo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 500 propane torches. The propane torch, measuring about 22.5 inches long, comes as a "kit" with a wand, flow valve, turbo blast trigger, hard rubber grip and a hose that attaches to propane tanks. Writing on the hose of reads, "IN-8MM OUT-13MM BURST 525 PSI PRESSURE WORK 150 PSI MADE IN CHINA." The propane torch was sold in a clear plastic-wrap package with a white cardboard backing and contained "Harbor Freight Tools Assembly and Operating Instructions." Harbor Freight Tools stores and catalogs nationwide sold these torches from May 2000 through September 2000 for about $20. Similar torches marked "Made in Italy," are not part of this recall.

PROBLEM: The hose that comes with the propane torch can crack or burst, presenting a fire and explosion hazard.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: CPSC and Harbor Freight Tools have received two reports of torch hoses cracking and then bursting into a flash flame. One consumer suffered third-degree burns on his legs, and a second consumer suffered first-degree burns to his hand and arm.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using the propane torches immediately. Consumers should call Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday to obtain a refund.
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