May 2, 2001
Freight Tools, of Camarillo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 500 propane
torches. The hose that comes with the propane torch can crack or burst,
presenting a fire and explosion hazard. Harbor Freight Tools has received two
reports of torch hoses cracking and then bursting into a flash flame. One
consumer suffered third-degree burns on his legs, and a second consumer
suffered first-degree burns to his hand and arm.
propane torch, measuring about 22.5 inches long, comes as a "kit"
with a wand, flow valve, turbo blast trigger, hard rubber grip and a hose that
attaches to propane tanks. Writing on the hose of reads, "IN-8MM OUT-13MM
BURST 525 PSI PRESSURE WORK 150 PSI MADE IN CHINA." The propane torch was
sold in a clear plastic-wrap package with a white cardboard backing and
contained "Harbor Freight Tools Assembly and Operating Instructions."
Harbor Freight Tools stores and catalogs nationwide sold these torches from May
2000 through September 2000 for about $20. Similar torches marked "Made in
Italy," are not part of this recall.
Stop using the propane torches immediately. Consumers should call Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday to obtain a refund.