CAMPING lanterns recalled because gas can escape and catch fire

Wednesday, August 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A St. Louis company is recalling about 290,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns because gas can escape and ignite, causing fires and injuries.

Wenzel Co. has received 12 reports of propane gas escaping from the lanterns and igniting, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. Two people suffered burns on their arms and hands.

The recalled lanterns are green and silver with brass fittings, have a glass globe and stand about 9 inches high without the propane cylinder attached.

The lanterns, when attached to the cylinder, sit on a green plastic base that bears the model names ``Ozark Trail'' or ``Wenzel.''

The models involved are Ozark Trail 824927 and 824928, and Wenzel 824208, 824226, 824227 and 824401. The numbers appear on the lantern's original box.

The propane cylinder is sold separately and is not included in the recall.

Wal-Mart sold the lanterns under the ``Ozark Trail'' label from March 1999 through August 2001 for about $18. Other stores sold these lanterns under the ``Wenzel'' brand from January 1999 through August 2001 for between $18 and $28.

The safety commission advises consumers to stop using the lanterns and detach them from fuel cylinders. Consumers should return only the lanterns to the store where purchased for a refund.

For more information, consumers can call Wenzel toll-free at 1-800-325-8368 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.