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May 2, 2001

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Propane Torches

Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Propane TorchesCamarillo, 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 Friday.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 2, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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