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2.4 Million Lighters Recalled

October 14, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Shine International Trading of Flushing, N.Y., is recalling 2.4 million cigarette lighters.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that children can ignite the lighters, posing a fire and burn hazard. Also, the lighters can leak fuel and remain on after use.

There have been three reports of malfunctioning lighters. Two lighters have continued burning after being put down, one spontaneously blew apart, and another burst into flames, causing minor property damage.

No injuries have been reported.

The recalled cigarette lighters are nonrefillable, oval-tube-shaped, with a solid colored plastic body and a metal top. The word ``SHINE″ is imprinted into the metal top.

Small stores and souvenir shops have sold the lighters nationwide from August 1998 through July 1999 for about $1.

The commission recommends customers stop using the lighters immediately and return them where purchased for a refund.

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