Zippo’s Ronson Tech Torch has been linked with a serious fire safety hazard and hundreds of thousands of units have been recalled across the country.
The Ronson Tech Torch is manufactured by Zippo, best known for its portable lighters. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Ronson Tech Torch has a defect that can pose a serious fire risk; it can get stuck in on mode even when in the off position, and still produce flame when it’s supposed to be off. If you have noticed your Ronson Tech Torch stuck on instead of turning completely off, you may be able to join this class action lawsuit investigation.
What Is the Ronson Tech Torch?
The Ronson Tech Torch Auto Start is a utility lighter paired with a butane fuel can, and is advertised as being useful for plumbing, soldering, and loosening nuts and bolts. There is a black rubber handle as well as a black trigger. This product is sold at a number of major retailers, including Walmart and Ace Hardware, as well as online, selling for between $30 and $40 per unit. The Ronson Tech Torch has been available for sale since February 2010.
The black activation trigger is supposed to be able to completely shut down the product when it is placed into the off position, but reports indicate that the utility lighter can actually continue to produce a flame even when the activation trigger has been turned off.
What Products Were Affected?
Zippo announced a voluntary recall of the Ronson Tech Torch, which began on Oct. 8, 2019, affecting about 660,000 units in the U.S., along with another 98,000 in Canada. Zippo is offering a gift card refund for the affected units. The company urges consumers to stop using the torches immediately.
What Sparked the Recall?
The recall came after Zippo received at least 36 reports of a Ronson Tech Torch stuck on, producing flame after it was supposed to be off. One of the reports involved minor property damage, but no injuries have so far been reported.
Those who have purchased the Ronson Tech Torch are advised to immediately stop using the product, and can contact the recall hotline at 800-407-0377 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time during the work week. Information can also be gained by emailing the company at CR@RonsonRecall.com or by visiting ronsonrecall.com.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the CPSC, Zippo says, along with Health Canada, and is part of the CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. The recall number for this product is 20-007.
Can I File a Lawsuit?
If you have purchased a Ronson Tech Torch in a store or online, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit investigation. Entering into litigation can be a daunting prospect, so Top Class actions can connect you with an experienced attorney that can help you determine if you have a claim, navigate the complexities of litigation, and maximize your potential compensation.
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