- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 13, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Young's J.K. Inc. of Portland, Ore., Thursday recalled 500 novelty cigarette lighters because they do not have child-resistant mechanisms.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received a report of a 2-year-old using one of the lighters to set an upholstered chair afire, resulting in the death of the child's 6-year-old brother. The 2-year-old suffered brain damage.

The refillable, dolphin-shaped cigarette lighters are butane gas-fueled and made of metal. The recall involves three models, one featuring a dolphin with a large ball, another featuring a single dolphin and the third featuring two dolphins.

The lighters were sold by gas stations, smoke shops, and grocery, gift and liquor stores in Oregon and southwest Washington from 1996 through October 2001 for between $8 and $20.

Consumers are advised to stop using the lighters immediately and return them to place of purchase for a refund. For more information, call 503-998-9801.

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