Bamboo Torches Recalled for Laceration Hazard

A large recall of about 324,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Bamboo Torches, distributed by Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been issued, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick. To date, the firm has received five reports of lacerations to fingers, including one that required stitches. Four of the injuries occurred when consumers were trying to retrieve a wick that had fallen into the canister.

This recall involves bamboo torches—which are used to provide light at outdoor gatherings—that have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid. The following descriptions include the UPC numbers, which can be located on the tag, included in this recall:

• Model Number A26I0683, UPC Number 1249584485, Distribution Date February 2008. Description: Five-to-six-inch long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick, and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.

• Model Number A26I0037, UPC Number 1249597837, Distribution Date between April 2008 and March 2009. Description: five-to-six-inch long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick, and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.

• Model Number A26I0943, UPC Number 639277779885, Distribution Date February 2009. Five-to-six-inch long black canister with a black metal lid, a wick, and no wick cap. The product is sold in packages of two and canister wrapped with light beige and dark brown intertwined bamboo.

The recalled bamboo torches were manufactured in China and sold at CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Dollar Tree/Deals$ stores from February 2008 through March 2010 for between $3 and $5.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled torches and contact Atico International USA for instructions on obtaining a full refund. Atico International USA can be reached toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the company’s website at www.aticousa.com.

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