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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Montrose Wholesale Candies & Sundries, Inc. Announce Recall of Cigarette Lighters


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Montrose Wholesale Candies & Sundries Inc., of Chicago, Illinois is voluntarily recalling 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 be child-resistant.

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."

Consumers should stop using these lighters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund.

The CPSC point of contact is Mark Ross, release number 03-054, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at

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.

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