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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 1995

Release # 96-042
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Young's Association Announce Lighter Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Young's Association Inc. of Gardena, Calif., is recalling 900,000 disposable cigarette lighters that do not comply with CPSC safety standards. CPSC test results showed that at least 50 percent of the lighters can be ignited without using the safety devices that prevent young children from igniting the lighters.

Young's Association imported the lighters from Hong Kong distributing them through convenience stores and gas stations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and the Territory of Puerto Rico. The non-refillable, disposable cigarette lighters were sold for 50 to 75 cents each from a display tray containing 50 lighters in 5 assorted colors: blue, green, pink, purple and clear. The metal caps of the lighters were stamped with "CiG" and "SNAPLOC." Approximately 900,000 lighters were sold from June to September 1995.

Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and keep them out of the reach of children. Consumers should return the lighters to the place where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Young's Association toll-free at (800) 654-0132, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST.

CPSC and Young's Association are not aware of any injuries involving these disposable cigarette lighters. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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