Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-056
Novelty "Tractor Trailer"
Cigarette Lighters Recalled
PRODUCT: About 200,000 disposable "tractor
trailer" novelty cigarette lighters imported by GOLDEN APPLE XXCO. The lighters sold
at convenience stores nationwide from December 1993 through March 1994. The lighters are
tractor trailer-shaped with five pairs of tiny wheels on one edge. One side has one of
three tractor trailer pictures: "American Spirit" shows a red tractor trailer
together with the head of an eagle; "Truck Country" shows a tractor trailer
together with a flag of the United States; and "Midnight Rider" shows a tractor
trailer in front of a full moon. The flue of the lighter is engraved with an apple figure
and the word "apple." A caution sticker on the back states "Made in
PROBLEM: The tractor trailer-shaped lighters are very attractive to children who could
easily mistake them for toys. If a child plays with the lighter, a fire and/or serious
burn injuries may result.
WHAT TO DO: Put the lighters out of reach of children. Then return the lighters to the
store where purchased for a free gift.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
GOLDEN APPLE XXCO., Industry, CA, is voluntarily recalling novelty cigarette lighters in
the shape of tractor trailer trucks. The lighters, complete with five pairs of tiny wheels
on one edge and a picture of a tractor trailer on the side are very attractive to children
and may invite play. If a child plays with the lighter, a fire and/or serious burn
injuries may result.
There are three designs of the tractor trailer-shaped lighter, each printed with a
different tractor trailer and the words "American Spirit," "Truck
Country," or "Midnight Rider." "American Spirit" shows a red
tractor trailer truck together with the head of an eagle, "Truck Country" shows
an American flag together with a tractor trailer, and "Midnight Rider" shows a
tractor trailer in front of a full moon. The flue of the lighter is engraved with an apple
figure and the word "apple." A caution sticker on the back of the lighter states
"Made in Philippines."
The imported tractor trailer-shaped cigarette lighters sold for about $1.50 in convenience
stores nationwide from December 1993 through March 1994. Approximately 200,000 products
were sold to consumers.
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection referred a complaint to the Commission
from the Deputy Fire Marshal of Plymouth, CT.
Consumers should first be sure the lighters are in a secure place -- out of reach from
children. Then return the lighters to the store where purchased for a free gift.
CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from
unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's
objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated
each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.