Blue flame from a torchThe Ronson Tech Torch Auto Start utility lighter has been recalled because the torch might continue to produce a flame even after the switch is placed in the off position.

What Is the Tech Torch?

Pennsylvania-based Zippo Manufacturing Company sells the Ronson Tech Torch Auto Start, which is a utility lighter that comes with a butane fuel can. The torch is red with a black rubber handle, black trigger and a metal nozzle. The name Ronson is printed upon the top of the torch and the words Tech Torch are printed on the product’s base. The units were made in Taiwan.

What Would the Tech Torch be Used for?

The tool was advertised as a source of flame to fix plumbing, soldering, loosening nuts and bolts, or complete crafts. According to a cigar enthusiast online forum, the torches also have been used as cigar lighters.

What Is Butane?

Butane is a flammable, colorless gas with a faint odor that resembles petroleum. Butane is used as a fuel, an aerosol propellant, in cigarette lighters and in the creation of other chemicals.

Where Were These Sold?

The product was sold at Walmart, Ace Hardware and other retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada and were also sold online at and Amazon. Come from February 2010 through July 2019. The retail price was reportedly between $30 and $40, but we found one that had been listed for $52 at, which said the product was out of stock.

Has Anyone Been Injured?

There are no reports of injuries, but there is at least one report of property damage after the torch continued to emit a flame after it was turned off.

What Should I Do if I Own a Tech Torch?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises consumers to immediately stop using the product.

How Many Have Been Sold?

Approximately 660,000 were sold in the U.S. and another 98,000 were sold in Canada.

How Many Incidents Have Been Reported?

Zippo says it has received 36 reports of the Ronson Tech Torch continuing to operate after being turned off.

Who Initiated This Recall?

Zippo voluntarily issued the recall

through the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Fast Track Recall process. According to the CPSC, “Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.”

When Was This Recall Announced?

The recall began Oct. 8, 2019.

If I Bought a Tech Torch That Is Part of This Recall, Can I Get My Money Back?

Yes, Zippo is providing a refund in the form of a gift card.

How Can I Receive a Gift Card?

Contact the Ronson Tech Torch recall hotline at 800-407-0377 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or go to for more information.

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