Two sizes of tabletop tiki-style torches have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to fire and burn hazards. The glass and steel torch lamps have a wick similar to a candle and burn liquid citronella fuel, sometimes called tiki torch oil. Once lit, the tabletop torch lamps can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto people and property, posing fire and burn hazards.
The defective products sold for between $8 and $20 at Big Lots stores nationwide from March to June 2013. Approximately 30,000 torches are included in this recall.
There have been 20 reports of the flammable liquid fuel erupting from the torches with high flames. Two serious injuries with second and third degree burns were reported along with seven minor burns. One of the victims suffered burns to their leg and abdomen, and a second person received burns all over their body while attempting to extinguish the flames. Additionally, all of the incidents involved damage to property.
The large tabletop torch is about 10 inches across, stands five inches tall, and weighs about 2-1/2 pounds. The small tabletop torch is approximately five inches across, 5-1/2″ tall, weighs about one pound and has a metal and wire stand which holds the mosaic torch container. A yellow label which says “Table Top torch distributed by Big Lots” is on the bottom of both sizes. The item number for the large torch is DC12-21111 and DC10-20160 for the small torch.
The CPSC recommends if you have any of these tabletop torches, stop using them immediately. Contact Big Lots for refund information.
If you or someone you know has been burned by one of these defective products, contact the personal injury lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys. We have experience helping people who have been injured by unsafe products, as well as by other kinds of tiki-style torch accidents. With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Springdale in Northwest Arkansas, we can help families across the U.S. You don’t have to live in Oklahoma or Arkansas to be able to get our help.
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