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Atico International USA Recalls Bamboo Torches Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–July 22, 2010.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bamboo Torches

Units: About 324,000 units

Distributor: Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: 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.

Description: This recall involves bamboo torches that have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid. The torches are used to light outdoor gatherings. The following are the UPC numbers included in this recall. The UPC number can be found on the tag.

Model Number UPC Number Distribution Date Description
A26I0683 1249584485 February 2008 5”-6” 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.
A26I0037 1249597837 Between April 2008 – March 2009 5”-6” 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.
A26I0943 639277779885 February 2009 5”-6” long black canister with a black metal lid, a wick and no wick cap. The product is sold in packages of 2. The canister is wrapped with light beige and dark brown intertwined bamboo.

Sold at: CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree/Deals$ stores from February 2008 through March 2010 for between $3 and $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and contact Atico International USA for instructions on obtaining a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.aticousa.com

Source:  cpsc.gov

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