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"Recall Alerts"

08-09-2013

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Big Lots Recalls Tabletop Torches Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  2. Big Lots Recalls Tabletop Torches Due to Fire and Burn Hazards


(1) BIG LOTS RECALLS TABLETOP TORCHES DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Citronella Tabletop Torches

Hazard: Once lit, the glass citronella table torches can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto consumers and property, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and return them to any Big Lots store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at
www.biglots.com and click on "Recalls" at the bottom for more information.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Big-Lots-Recalls-Tabletop-Torches/.

Units: About 30,000

Description: This recall involves large and small round tabletop torches that have a wick and burn liquid citronella fuel. The large torches have a steel fuel container covered in multi-colored glass in a mosaic pattern. The large torch measures about 10 inches in diameter, 5 inches high, and weighs about 2 pounds. The small torches have multi-colored glass fuel container with a metal and wire stand. They measure about 5 inches in diameter, 5 inches high and weigh about one pound. "Table Top Torch distributed by Big Lots, Inc." and item #DC12-21111 (large torch) or Item #DC10-20160 (small torch) is printed on a yellow label on the bottom of the large torch and on a hang tag on the small torch.

Incidents/Injuries: Big Lots has received 20 reports of liquid fuel erupting from the torches with high flames, including two serious injuries with second and third degree burns and seven with minor burns. One of the serious burn injuries involved burns to the legs and abdomen and a second victim received burns all over the body while attempting to extinguish the flames. All of the incidents involved property damage.

Sold at: Big Lots stores nationwide from March 2013 through June 2013 for between $8 and $20.

Importer: Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio

Manufactured in: India

To see this recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Big-Lots-Recalls-Tabletop-Torches/


Big Lots large tabletop torch


Label on bottom of Big Lots large tabletop torch


Big Lots small tabletop torch



(2) BIG LOTS RECALLS TABLETOP TORCHES DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Citronella Tabletop Torches

Hazard: Once lit, the glass citronella table torches can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto consumers and property, posing fire and burn hazards.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and return them to any Big Lots store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at
www.biglots.com and click on "Recalls" at the bottom for more information.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Big-Lots-Recalls-Tabletop-Torches/.

Units: About 30,000

Description: This recall involves large and small round tabletop torches that have a wick and burn liquid citronella fuel. The large torches have a steel fuel container covered in multi-colored glass in a mosaic pattern. The large torch measures about 10 inches in diameter, 5 inches high, and weighs about 2 pounds. The small torches have multi-colored glass fuel container with a metal and wire stand. They measure about 5 inches in diameter, 5 inches high and weigh about one pound. "Table Top Torch distributed by Big Lots, Inc." and item #DC12-21111 (large torch) or Item #DC10-20160 (small torch) is printed on a yellow label on the bottom of the large torch and on a hang tag on the small torch.

Incidents/Injuries: Big Lots has received 20 reports of liquid fuel erupting from the torches with high flames, including two serious injuries with second and third degree burns and seven with minor burns. One of the serious burn injuries involved burns to the legs and abdomen and a second victim received burns all over the body while attempting to extinguish the flames. All of the incidents involved property damage.

Sold at: Big Lots stores nationwide from March 2013 through June 2013 for between $8 and $20.

Importer: Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio

Manufactured in: India

To see this recall go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Big-Lots-Recalls-Tabletop-Torches/


Big Lots large tabletop torch


Label on bottom of Big Lots large tabletop torch


Big Lots small tabletop torch


DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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