Big Lots is recalling about 30,000 tabletop torches due to fire and burn hazards.
After the glass citronella tabletop torches are lit, they can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto consumers and property, posing fire and burn hazards, Big Lots and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Big Lots has received 20 reports of liquid fuel erupting from the torches with high flames, including two serious injuries with second and third degree burns and seven with minor burns.
One of the serious burn injuries involved burns to the legs and abdomen and a second victim received burns all over the body while attempting to extinguish the flames.
All of the incidents involved property damage.
This recall involves large and small round tabletop torches that have a wick and burn liquid citronella fuel.
- The large torches have a steel fuel container covered in multi-colored glass in a mosaic pattern. They are about 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches high and weigh about 2 ½ pounds.
- The small torches have a multi-colored glass fuel container with a metal and wire stand. They are about 5 inches in diameter and 5½ inches high and weigh about one pound.
“Table Top Torch distributed by Big Lots, Inc.” and item #DC12-21111 for the large torch or Item #DC10-20160 for the small torch are printed on a yellow label on the bottom of the large torch or on a hangtag on the small torch.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and return them to any Big Lots store for a full refund, the company and commission advise.
Manufactured in India, the tabletop torches were sold only at Big Lots stores nationwide from March 2013 through June 2013 for between $8 and $20.
For more information, call Big Lots at 866-244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.biglots.com and click on “Recalls” at the bottom.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.