September 20, 2000
BIC Coproration Clarifies Recall Information
Milford, CT (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with BIC Corporation clarified that the
recall of cigarette lighters without child-resistant technology announced on September 14
for previous information) does not include lighters sold by BIC Corporation in the
United States. The "BIC" brand lighters were illegally brought into the U.S. by
Vaid Enterprises, a New Jersey importer. They were not imported or sold by BIC
Corporation. The Customs Service discovered this illegal activity and brought it to the
attention of CPSC.
"We want to clarify that the recall involves only BIC lighters illegally imported
into the U.S. by Vaid Enterprises," said Russ Rader, Director, Office of Public
Affairs of the CPSC. "The recall does not involve lighters sold in the U.S. by BIC.
In the United States, BIC sells only lighters with a child-resistant mechanism."
BIC Corporation is taking legal action against Vaid Enterprises for the illegal
importation of these lighters. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. The recalled
lighters are not equipped with the metal shield over the sparkwheel, whereas the
child-resistant lighters have that shield.
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