April 5, 1999
Release # 99-088
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Announce Recall of
Ozark Trail Butane Lighters
WASHINGTON, 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
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
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
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