May 18, 2000"Firestopper" Fire
City of Commerce, CA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 99 Cents Only Store, in City of Commerce,
Calif., is voluntarily recalling 26,000 "Firestopper" fire extinguishers.
Because of the high-pressure contents of these fire extinguishers, they can explode and
expose consumers to flying debris, causing puncture wounds and blast injuries.
CPSC and the firm have received five reports of the fire extinguisher exploding in
consumers' homes. One consumer was hit by flying debris, but was not injured. The
explosions have resulted in property damage.
The fire extinguisher is yellow with a black top and a red spout. "FIRESTOPPER"
is written on the side of the extinguisher in orange. The "I" in the name is
written to resemble a flame. Other writing on the unit includes "ENVIRONMENTALLY
SAFE," "NON-TOXIC," "The Portable Liquid Fire Extinguisher," and
"MADE IN THE USA." The extinguisher is about 10 inches high and the net weight
is 12 ounces. The product was originally marketed by Bombay Productions Inc. in
Dollar-type discount stores, including Only Deals and Bargain Wholesale, and wholesalers
sold these fire extinguishers nationwide from January 1999 through February 2000 for
between $.99 and $4.
Consumers should discharge these fire extinguishers into a plastic garbage bag or similar
container outside, in an open area. Consumers can return the discharged units to the store
where purchased for a refund. For more information, call 99 Cents Only Stores at (888)
289-3325 between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers May 18, 2000.
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