February 9, 1999Ace Hardware Corp. Recalls
Oak Brook, IL (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ace Hardware Corp. is recalling
approximately 403,000 Ace butane, multipurpose lighters. These lighters can leak excess
butane when they are in use, causing an unexpected flashback or sudden burst of flame.
This presents a risk of burns to consumers and unintentional fires can occur.
Ace Hardware Corp. has received six reports of flame flashback, one resulting in a small
kitchen fire and one consumer having her hair singed.
The lighter is approximately 9 inches long, has a black plastic base with red plastic trim
and a metal igniter shaft. The bottom of the handle is marked MADE IN CHINA and the metal
igniter shaft is embossed with GAS TORCH. A red sticker on the lighter reads, refillable.
These lighters were sold under Ace brand packaging, item number 4100715. The item number
is printed on the upper right corner of the packaging.
Ace Hardware stores nationwide sold the lighters from March 1997 to May 1998 for between
$2 and $3.
Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to any independent
Ace Hardware Store for a refund. For more information, contact Ace Hardware Corp.
toll-free at (877) 223-4391 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.
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