September 24, 1997
Release # 97-192
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Walgreen Co. Announce Recall of "Smoke
Tote" Cigarette Lighters
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Walgreen Co. of
Deerfield, Ill., is recalling about 53,000 disposable cigarette lighters sold as part of
the Smoke Tote set. These lighters' child-resistant mechanisms could fail to reset
themselves, potentially allowing young children to ignite the lighters.
Each year, an estimated 190 deaths are caused by children under 5 years old playing with
lighters. CPSC estimates that child-resistant mechanisms on lighters will prevent more
than 100 deaths each year.
CPSC and Walgreen are not aware of any injuries involving these lighters. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The lighters are sold inside a vinyl pouch, along with a matching cigarette case, in a
blister pack. The lighters are tinted either red, yellow, blue, white, black or green. The
cigarette cases and lighter pouches are either beige, black, red, navy or white. The
blister pack is labeled in part, "PERFECTION Smoke Tote...FREE Child Proof Lighter
& Fashion Case."
Walgreen drug stores nationwide sold the lighters within the Smoke Tote set from August
1996 through August 1997 for about $3.
Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the Walgreen store
where it was purchased for a full refund. For more information, contact Walgreen Co. toll
free at (888) 899-0538. Consumers will hear a recording asking them to leave their name
and number, and a Walgreen representative will return their call.
CPSC discovered this defective product as part of ongoing import surveillance in
conjunction with the U.S. Customs Service. In addition, the Customs Service prevented the
import of about 600,000 of these defective lighters into the U.S.
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,
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