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February 9, 1999

Ace Hardware Corp. Recalls Butane Lighters

Ace Hardware Corp. Recalls Butane LightersOak 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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