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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 1998

Release # 98-116
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Conros Corp. Announce Recall of Fuel Canisters for Outdoor Bamboo Torches

CPSC, Conros Corp. Announce Recall of Fuel Canisters for Outdoor Bamboo TorchesWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Conros Corp., of Toronto, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 "Summer Lights" brand fuel canisters for outdoor bamboo torches. The fuel canister assembly can cause the bamboo pole to ignite.

Conros is aware of three incidents in Ontario, Canada, in which the bamboo pole caught on fire. No injuries or property damage was reported.

The recall involves only those "Summer Lights" torches equipped with a refillable plastic fuel canister with a metal flame guard attached by a spring. "Summer Lights Torch...Refillable Fuel Canister," is written on the front of the plastic fuel canister. Consumers fill the fuel canisters with citronella and place them into a bamboo pole.

Mass merchandise stores nationwide sold the torches from April through May 1998 for about $5.

Consumers should stop using these "Summer Lights" torches immediately, and call Conros toll-free at (800) 988-3956 anytime for refund or replacement information.

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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