Zippo recalls lighters because of fire risks

Wednesday, October 20th 2004, 4:16 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Zippo Manufacturing Co. is recalling 101,557 lighters because fuel may spill from the nozzle on first use, posing a fire hazard.

The Bradford, Pa., company has received 27 reports of butane fuel spilling out of the nozzle, though no injuries have been reported, the Consumer Produce Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The Zippo MPL (multipurpose lighter) is 8 inches long and an inch wide and comes in black or silver metal. Recalled lighters bear datecodes G03, H03, I03 or ZH03, which are located on the knob on the bottom of the lighter.

They were sold at Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Yankee Candle, Barbeques Galore, Harrington and Hammacher Schlemmer Catalog, Wal-Mart and other convenience, hardware and home, hearth and patio stores from October 2003 to Sept. 1.

Consumers are advised to stop using the lighter and remove the black adjuster knob from the bottom to return to the company. For information on how to receive a free replacement lighter, consumers can contact Zippo at (888) 670-2940, weekdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.