propane lantern recall
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2002
Release # 02-132
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
Lantern Recall Hotline: (800) 325-8368
CPSC, Wenzel Reminds Consumers about Recall of Propane Camping Lanterns
WASHINGTON, D.C.- As Americans prepare for the camping season, they
should check to see if their propane lantern is part of this recall.
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), Wenzel Co., of St. Louis, Mo., is reminding consumers of its
voluntary recall of about 290,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns
with model names "Ozark Trail" or "Wenzel."
Lanterns purchased after September 1, 2001 are not covered by this
recall. An insufficient connection between the lantern and the
propane cylinder can allow gas to escape and ignite unexpectedly,
posing a potential fire and injury hazard to consumers. This hazard
can occur during the lighting or normal use of the lantern.
Wenzel has received 12 reports of propane gas escaping from these
lanterns and igniting unexpectedly. Two consumers sustained burns to
the arm and hand. One of the consumers also suffered burns to the eye.
The recalled lanterns are green and silver with brass fittings, have
a glass globe, and stand about 9 inches high (without the propane
cylinder attached). The lanterns, when attached to the propane
cylinder, sit on a green plastic base on which the model names "Ozark
Trail" or "Wenzel" appear. The Ozark Trail model has a double cloth
mantle for lighting and the Wenzel model has either a double or
single cloth mantle. The models involved are Ozark Trail 824927 and
824928, and Wenzel 824208, 824226, 824227 and 824401, which appear on
the box in which the lantern came.
Wal-Mart sold the lanterns nationwide under the "Ozark Trail" label
from March 1999 through August 2001 for about $18. Sporting goods,
camping equipment, and other retail stores nationwide sold these
lanterns under the "Wenzel" brand from January 1999 through August
2001 for between $18 and $28.
Consumers with Ozark Trail or Wenzel lanterns should stop using them
immediately and detach the lantern from the propane cylinder.
Consumers should return only the lanterns to the store where
purchased for a refund. Consumers also can call Wenzel toll-free at
(800) 325-8368 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through
Friday; or visit the company's website at www.wenzelco.com Consumers
with Ozark Trail lanterns also can visit Wal-Mart's website at
The propane cylinder, which is not affected by the recall and is not
distributed by Wenzel, is sold separately from the lantern.
The lantern recall was originally announced on August 28, 2001.
To see a picture of the recalled product(s) and/or to establish a
link from your web site to this press release on CPSC's web site,
link to the following address:
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