Wal-Mart recalls fabric lanterns

Thursday, June 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is recalling 64,000 fabric lanterns lit with votive candles because they pose a fire risk, the Consumer Products Safety Commission announced Thursday.

The material on the cylinder-shaped lanterns is not flame-retardant and can be ignited by the candle, according to the commission. The recalled lanterns are 7.5 inches high and 6 inches wide and are covered with beige fabric with red and green floral patterns. The lanterns were made in China and sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide between December 2002 and March 2003 for approximately $7.

Consumers are urged to return the lanterns to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund and can contact Wal-Mart toll-free at 1-800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

The CPSC also announced:

_Homelite Consumer Products Inc. of Anderson, S.C., is recalling 6,900 chain saws because they may turn on even while the engine is at the ``idle'' setting, posing serious safety hazards to operators and bystanders.

The saws have red housing with black trim and come in a rectangular, black plastic case. The recalled products have the model number UT10946 and the manufacture dates 11-02 or 12-02 printed on the lower corners of a black label on the back of the engine housing, opposite the on/off switch. They were sold at home and hardware stores nationwide between December 2002 and February 2003 for approximately $200.

No injuries have been reported relating to the saws, but consumers are urged to contact the company for a free throttle adjustment at an authorized service center in their area. The stores where the saws were purchased do not provide this service.

Consumers can contact Homelite at 1-800-776-5191 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

_Amen Wardy Home of Las Vegas is recalling 2,400 refillable, gas-fueled lighters shaped like matchsticks because they are not sufficiently child-resistant and could pose a fire hazard.

The recalled lighters are either 7 inches or 14 inches and have a brushed, silver-colored metal finish. A black plastic slide lever is moved to ignite the lighter. The tip of the lighter is painted red to resemble the head of a match. The lighters, which were made in China, come in a clear plastic sleeve and do not have any labeling on either the lighter or the package. The lighters were sold at the company's store in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and through its Web site between July 2002 and January 2003.

Consumers should contact the company to find out how to obtain a refund for the lighters. The lighters should not be incinerated or punctured and must be disposed of according to state and local requirements.

The company can be reached toll-free at 1-877-349-5330 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT, by e-mail to infoamenwardy.com or by regular mail to Amen Wardy Home, Lisa Toy, 4230 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89103.