April 17, 2001Childs Death Prompts Recall of
Heights, CA (SafetyAlerts) -
Gladstrong Investments USA has announced a voluntary recall affecting about 13 million
disposable lighters. The lighters' child-resistant mechanisms are frequently ineffective.
Young children are able to operate the lighters, posing a fire hazard.
CPSC and Gladstrong Investments have received a report of a 4- year-old girl who died
after starting a fire with a Gladstrong Investments lighter and then hid in a closet. The
fire caused an estimated $72,000 in damages. In another incident, two brothers, a 4-
year-old and a 6-year-old, reportedly ignited clothing and paper inside a car while
playing with one of these lighters causing about $1,500 in damages. They were not injured.
The recalled lighters have their brand name, "BODA-BING," "GIL,"
"HAPPY," or "WAX" stamped on both sides of their metal tops. The UPC
bar code on the lighters' labels is "0-80692-99930-1," "0-295114-0" or
starts with "7-55998." Writing on these lighters includes "MADE IN
CHINA." The lighters were sold in various colors.
Convenience, drug and discount stores nationwide sold these lighters from January 1998
through February 2001 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 Gladstrong at (877) 666-0664 between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
These lighters were discovered by CPSC surveillance and from reports from the Franklin,
N.H. and Kenosha, Wis. fire departments.
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