The Journal Gazette
Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:58 am

Utility lighters recalled

The Journal Gazette

Zippo Manufacturing Co., of Bradford, Pennsylvania, has recalled about 660,000 Ronson Tech Torches because they can continue to produce a flame after the trigger is turned off, posing a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

The recall involves the Ronson Tech Torch Auto Start, a red utility lighter with a black rubber handle, black trigger and metal nozzle, the commission said in a statement. It said Ronson is printed on top and Tech Torch is printed on the base; the lighter was packaged with a Ronson butane fuel can.

The lighters were sold at Walmart, Ace Hardware and other stores nationwide, and at and, from February 2010 to July 2019 for $30 to $40, the statement said.

It said Zippo has had 36 reports in the United States of the lighter continuing to operate after being turned off, including one report of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should stop using the recalled lighters and contact the company for instructions on receiving a refund, the statement said.

It said for more information, they may call toll free at 800-407-0377 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time weekdays, email or go to or and click on Support at the bottom of the page.


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