July 15, 2004

Alert #04-564


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bamboo Torch

Units: About 36,000

Manufacturer: Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio.

Hazard: The plastic oil canister can melt when the torch is in use posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Jo-Ann Stores Inc. has received seven reports of problems with the Bamboo Torches involving the canister melting while the torch was lit and in use. One minor burn injury was reported that did not require medical treatment.

Description: The bamboo torch is made of bamboo and stands about five feet tall. The oil canister is housed at the top and the bottom has a spiked tip to stick into the ground. The oil canister is removable and has a black metal top with a hole for the wick to stick out. Instructions and warnings for the use of the product are written on the outside of the oil canister.

Sold at: Jo-Ann Stores nationwide from February 2004 through April 2004 for about $10.

Manufactured In: Hong Kong

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled torch immediately and return it to a Jo-Ann Store location to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Jo-Ann Stores at (877) 527-2677 Ext. 8454 between 8:30 a.m. and 5p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

picture of recalled bamboo torch