November 17, 1995
Release # 96-024
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, New York Lighter Recalls Disposable
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), New York Lighter Co. Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is
recalling about 50,000 "City-Lites" and "Liberty-Lites" disposable
cigarette lighters. The lighters fail to extinguish after use and, in the case of
"Liberty-Lites," can flare-up during use. CPSC and New York Lighter are aware of
10 incidents associated with these lighters including one car fire and four burn injuries.
The lighters, imported before the July 12, 1994, child-proof mandatory standard became
effective, do not have the required child-resistant feature of lighters distributed after
that date. They were distributed nationwide through convenience stores and service
The lighters were manufactured in various colors and have a metal flame hood. City-Lites
lighters have the word "City Lites" or "C-LITES" engraved on the metal
flame hood, and Liberty Lites lighters have the word "Liberty-LITES" engraved on
the metal hood. The lighters sold in packages of three for about $2.
Consumers who own City Lights or Liberty Lights lighters should call (800) 626-4732 to
receive a postage-paid mailer for returning the lighters. The company will send a novelty
product with a retail value of approximately $5 to cover any inconvenience on the part of
consumers. Child-resistant "City-Lites" lighters and child-proof
"Liberty-Lites" lighters are not subject to this recall.
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