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June 3, 1999

Release # 99-119a
CPSC:Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

C & H Trading Recalls Lighters

C & H Trading Recalls LightersWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - C & H Trading, of Metairie, La., is voluntarily recalling about 40,000 disposable and novelty cigarette lighters. The lighters do not have any child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.

The recalled disposable lighters are metal with a rubber coating, which is red, blue, silver, chrome or black in color.

The recalled novelty lighters are shaped as cars, grenades, elephants, alligators, motorcycles, guns or telephones. The cars are metal and plastic and are red or green in color. The telephones are plastic and are black in color. The other novelty lighters are bronze-colored metal.

The lighters were made in China. There is no labeling on the lighters. Small retail stores in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas and Washington sold the lighters from October 1998 through March 1999 for about $1 to $3. A November 1998 C &H trade show in Louisiana also sold the lighters.

Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers who bought the lighters at the trade show can obtain a refund directly through the company. For instructions on returning the lighters to the company for the refund or for more information, consumers should call C & H Trading collect at (504) 456-9251 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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