February 7, 2000Novelty Lighters Recalled
Bell, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Prometheus International Inc. is recalling about 4,000 novelty lighters that lack the
child-resistant mechanisms required by the Consumer Product Safety Act. Children
could ignite the lighters, presenting a fire hazard.
Two models of lighters are involved
in this recall. The Intruder model lighter looks like a miniature propane or scuba
tank, with a rectangular sleeve on the side into which the bottom part of the black
activation/ignition button fits. The top two-thirds of the cylindrical tank body and the
sleeve are black, and the tank is clear and transparent. A label on one side of the sleeve
reads "Prometheus." A cover hides the flame port.
The Jupiter model lighter has a metal
body with a black top and bottom. The lighter has a distinctive gun-like shape. It has a
hinged cover for the flame port. The cover opens when the ignition switch is pressed or
the hinged cover is pulled back, and a high-intensity torch flame is produced. On the end
opposite the flame port, a black screw-on cover hides the refill port. The brand name
"Prometheus" is engraved into the lower area of one side of the lighter body.
Prometheus International Inc. are not
aware of any incidents or injuries involving these lighters. This recall is being
conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
Tobacco stores nationwide sold these
lighters from March 1997 through February 1999 from $50 to $75. The company advertised
these lighters on their web site at www.prometheuskkp.com.
These Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) discovered these lighters by monitoring Internet web sites as part of
Operation Safe Online Shopping (SOS). Operation SOS, launched in December 1999, is a CPSC
initiative that monitors web sites for recalled, illegal and potentially hazardous
consumer products being sold in cyberspace.
Consumers should stop using these
lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a free replacement
lighter with a child-resistant mechanism.
For more information, consumers
should call Prometheus at (800) 229-5233 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through
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