Big Lots recalls tabletop torches

Aug. 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 30,000 citronella torches that can flare up, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall involves large and small tabletop torches that burn liquid citronella fuel.

They were imported from India by Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio.

The large torches have a steel fuel container covered in a mosaic of multicolored glass.

The small torches have multicolored fuel containers with a metal and wire stand, the commission said in a Thursday release.

The large containers measure 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches high. The small containers measure 5 inches in diameter and 5 1/2 inches high.

Big Lots has received numerous complaints of torches flaring up. Two of the incidents included injuries to consumers.

The torches were sold at Big Lots stores from March 2013 through June 2013 for between $8 and $20.

Consumers were advised to stop using the torches and return them to Big Lots for a full refund.

Consumers can call 866-244-5687 for information.

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