FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2002
PRODUCT: Lighters - S&G Enterprises of New York, N.Y. is voluntarily recalling about 9,700 Statue of Liberty cigarette lighters. The recalled lighters are dark green, metal, and are in the shape of the Statue of Liberty. The lighter's flame comes out of a hole in the top of the torch. The tablets in her left hand act as the ignition switch when pushed down alongside her body. The lighter distributed by S & G Enterprises, Inc. has the words "New York" embossed in gold. The patent number "6093016" is embossed in the same color as the body of the lighter at the back of the base. The packaging is a blue-gray paper box with a transparent plastic window in the front. "S & G Enterprises" and "Patent 6093016" are printed in black on either side of the packing box. A bar code with the numbers "6 63435 00221 8" and the price "$9.95" is printed on the bottom of the box. The lighters were sold nationwide from May 1999 to May 2001 for $9.95.
PROBLEM: The lighters do not have child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and contact S&G Enterprises, Inc. at (718) 832-2931 between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a full refund.
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