December 19, 2002
Montrose Wholesale Candies &
Sundries Has Recalled Illegally Imported Cigarette Lighters
- Montrose Wholesale Candies & Sundries has recalled about 247,000
disposable cigarette lighters. The lighters do not have child-resistant
mechanisms, as required by federal law. Young children could ignite the
lighters, presenting fire and burn hazards.
These "BIC" brand lighters were illegally imported into the United States by
Montrose Wholesale Candies & Sundries, Inc., a Chicago importer. This 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 notified CPSC of
these illegally imported lighters, and CPSC investigators caught the
non-child-resistant lighters for sale in several stores in the Chicago area.
All disposable lighters imported and sold in the U.S. are required by law to
CPSC and Montrose Wholesale Candies & Sundries are not aware of any injuries
involving these lighters. This recall is being conducted to prevent the
possibility of injuries.
The disposable cigarette lighters being recalled are oval-tube-shaped "BIC"
and mini- "BIC" brand lighters. The lighters have a green, red, blue, black
or yellow body and a metal top. "BIC" and "Made in France" are imprinted
into the metal top of the lighter. A label on the lighter reads, "WARNING
KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN." The recalled lighters are not equipped with a
metal shield over the spark wheel. The child-resistant lighters have that
shield. The recalled standard size lighters have the UPC number "3 086120
600020" and the mini-lighters have the UPC number "3 086120 600051."
Convenience, gas, and grocery stores in the central U.S. sold these
disposable cigarette lighters from September 2002 through December 2002 for
Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to
the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, call CPSC's
Hotline at (800) 638-2772 anytime.