April 9, 1998
Release # 98-094
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, ERA Intermarketing Co. Inc. Announce Recall
of Disposable Lighters
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ERA Intermarketing
Co. Inc. of City of Industry, Calif., is recalling about 840,000 Elite-2 disposable
cigarette lighters. The lighters do not meet the 1994 requirement for child-resistant
mechanisms in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act. This act requires amechanism
on disposable and novelty lighters shown to prevent ignition of the lighters by most
children under 5 years old. Each year, CPSC estimates 190 deaths are caused by children
under 5 years old playing with lighters.
CPSC and ERA Intermarketing are not aware of any injuries involving these cigarette
lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The Elite-2 lighters are made of clear plastic tinted in assorted colors. The metal top is
labeled "ELITE," and the lighter label bears the bar code: "16229
12001" and the date code, "3/97."
Small retailers sold the Elite-2 cigarette lighters nationwide from June 1997 to March
1998 for about $1. Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them
to ERA Intermarketing for a full refund, including postage, at:
ERA Intermarketing Co., Inc.
200 S. 5th Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
For more information about this recall, consumers should call ERA Intermarketing Co. Inc.
toll-free at (888) 682-2388 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.
CPSC discovered this defective product as part of ongoing import surveillance in
conjunction with the U.S. Customs Service.
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