September 14, 2000
Bic Lighter Recall
City, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Vaid Enterprises said today it
is recalling about 294,000 disposable cigarette lighters. The lighters do not have
child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the
lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.
CPSC and Vaid Enterprises are not aware of any injuries involving these cigarette
lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The disposable cigarette lighters being recalled are oval-tube- shaped "BIC" and
mini- "BIC" brand lighters. The lighters have a green, red, blue, black or
yellow body and a metal top. "BIC" and "made in France" is imprinted
into the metal top of the lighter. A label on the lighter reads, "WARNING KEEP AWAY
FROM CHILDREN." The standard size lighters have the UPC number 3 086120 600020 and
the mini-lighters have the UPC number 3 086120 600051.
Convenience, gas, grocery and thrift stores in the Eastern U.S. sold these disposable
cigarette lighters from January 2000 through April 2000 for about $1.
Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where
purchased for a refund. For more information, call CPSC at (800) 638-2772 between 8:30
a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Customs Service, as a part of a joint enforcement program, brought this to CPSC's
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