May 2, 2001Harbor Freight Tools Recalls
Camarillo, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Harbor Freight Tools is
voluntarily recalling about 500 propane torches. The hose that comes with the propane
torch can crack or burst, presenting a fire and explosion hazard.
CPSC and Harbor Freight Tools have received two reports of torch hoses cracking and then
bursting into a flash flame. One consumer suffered third-degree burns on his legs, and a
second consumer suffered first-degree burns to his hand and arm.
The propane torch, measuring about 22.5 inches long, comes as a "kit" with a
wand, flow valve, turbo blast trigger, hard rubber grip and a hose that attaches to
propane tanks. Writing on the hose of reads, "IN-8MM OUT-13MM BURST 525 PSI PRESSURE
WORK 150 PSI MADE IN CHINA." The propane torch was sold in a clear plastic-wrap
package with a white cardboard backing and contained "Harbor Freight Tools Assembly
and Operating Instructions." Harbor Freight Tools stores and catalogs nationwide sold
these torches from May 2000 through September 2000 for about $20. Similar torches marked
"Made in Italy," are not part of this recall.
Consumers should stop using the propane torches immediately. To obtain a refund call
Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through
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