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October 29, 1996

Release # 97-013
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and NBO Group Inc. Announce Lighter Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), NBO Group Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is recalling approximately 110,000 refillable novelty and disposable cigarette lighters that do not comply with CPSC safety standards. The lighters, which operate with push-button electronic ignition mechanisms to produce the flame, do not have safety devices that prevent young children from igniting the lighters.

CPSC and NBO are not aware of any injuries involving these lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Most of the lighters are silver-, copper-, or gold-tone metal with relief figures of birds, dragons, crocodiles, or other animals on the casing. Other styles include lighters that resemble revolvers and dragons.

The lighters were sold individually or from display trays nationwide from September 1994 to March 1996 for $5 to $10 by small retailers of every type.

Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the place where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers can contact Patty Pany of NBO Group toll-free at (800) 716-0100.

U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazard.

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