February 13, 2003Young's J.K. Has Recalled Novelty
- Young's J.K. Inc. has recalled
about 500 novelty cigarette lighters. These lighters do not have
child-resistant mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children can
ignite the lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.
CPSC has received one report of a 2-year-old using one of these lighters to
ignite an upholstered chair. The fire resulted in the death of his
6-year-old brother and permanent brain damage to the 2-year old.
The refillable, dolphin-shaped cigarette lighters are butane gas- fueled and
made of metal. There are three models involved in this recall. One of the
lighters features a dolphin with a large ball and is labeled "1988.8 Young's
Wholes 14.9." Another lighter features a single dolphin and is labeled
"00005011 $14.00 EA." The last model features two dolphins and a ball, and
has no label.
Gas stations, smoke shops, grocery, gift and liquor stores sold the lighters
in Oregon and Southwest Washington from 1996 through October 2001 for
between $8 and $20.
Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to the
store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can
contact Young's J.K. collect at (503) 998-9801 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT
Monday through Friday.