June 23, 1998
Release # 98-130
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Rite Aid Corp. Announce Recall of Butane
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rite Aid Corp., of Camp Hill, Pa., is
recalling about 225,000 multi-purpose, refillable, butane gas lighters. These lighters
have on/off switches that could be defective, allowing them to be ignited in the off
position, and can stay lit after the ignition switch is released, possibly causing burns
and unintentional fires.
CPSC and Rite Aid are not aware of any injuries involving these butane lighters. This
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The recalled butane lighter, item number 4731589-V111, is approximately 11 inches long,
has a black plastic base with red plastic trim and a metal igniter shaft. Writing on the
lighter's side reads, "MADE IN CHINA." A red sticker on the lighter reads,
"SUPER." The item number is written on the bottom of the packaging's cardboard
Rite Aid stores nationwide sold the lighters from March 1998 to May 1998 for about $2.
Consumers with a recalled lighter should stop using it immediately and return it to any
Rite Aid store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers can
call (800) RITE-AID between 8 a.m. and midnight EDT Monday through Friday and between 8
a.m and 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
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15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous
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