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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 1998

Release # 98-130
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Rite Aid Corp. Announce Recall of Butane Gas Lighters

CPSC, Rite Aid Corp. Announce Recall of Butane Gas LightersWASHINGTON, 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 backing.

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.

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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