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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 1999

Release # 99-088
CONTACT: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Announce Recall of Ozark Trail Butane Lighters

CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Announce Recall of Ozark Trail Butane LightersWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is recalling about 1 million Ozark Trail butane utility lighters. These lighters can have a cracked fuel cylinder, which can allow butane to leak and ignite. These lighters can continue to burn after the trigger is released, and can exhibit flaring characteristics or burning with an unsteady flame.

Wal-Mart has received two reports of these lighters leaking fuel, which then ignited and singed the user's facial and arm hair. There have been no reports of serious injuries or property damage.

These Ozark Trail butane lighters have model number HH-133, which is written on the packaging. The lighters are about 11 inches long, have a black plastic handle with a red trigger and on/off switch.

Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold these lighters from August 1997 through March 1999 for about $2.

Consumers with these recalled butane lighters should stop using them immediately, and return them to the nearest Wal-Mart store for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Wal-Mart at (800) WAL-MART between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday CDT.

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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