Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–May 2, 2014. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: 3-in-1 flashlight, compass and match holder
Hazard: Matches inside the match holder can ignite when in contact with the striker pad beneath the compass cap, posing burn and injury hazards to consumers.
Consumer Contact: Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC) toll-free at (888) 597-5387 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.marlboro.com or www.philipmorrisusa.com and click on “3-in-1 Flashlight Recall” for more information.
Units: About 365,000
Description: The recalled product is a bronze-colored 3-in-1 flashlight that was distributed as a promotional item for Marlboro brand cigarettes. The flashlight is 4.5 inches long and 1 inch in diameter and has five LED lights. It has a compartment for storing matches and an end cap that has compass in the top. The cap with the compass has a striker pad on the inside. It came with 20 wooden matches and a removable foam insert between the matches and the striker pad.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 11 reports of the matches igniting inside the product, including two reports of the product exploding. One consumer reported receiving minor burns and one reported receiving medical attention for injuries to his hand.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product, remove the matches and store them safely and contact AGDC for a free replacement item of equal or greater value. AGDC is contacting consumers directly.
Distributed by: Marlboro.com and 1-800-Marlboro free of charge from January 2014 through March 2014.
Distributor: Altria Group Distribution Company, of Richmond, Va.
Manufactured in: China
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