Holy Flaming Tractors, Batman!

This evening, I stopped at a nearby gas station, filled the tank and went in to pay. While standing at the counter, I spotted a box on the counter, filled with what appeared to be novelty key-chains.

There was a tractor, some cars, and a couple of items I didn’t really take notice of, and a clear plastic bubble with laser lights and three dice. When you shook it, the dice tumbled. On the top were two sort of dice-shaped blocks. The right-hand one it seemed you could depress. I pressed it, expecting that the dice would tumble or something.

What I did NOT expect was a flame to shoot out from the smaller block and fry my finger!

In shock, I dropped what I now realised to be a lighter, back in the box and the clerk at the counter laughed and said “They are lighters!”

Really????

Not only are these things designed to appeal to children, whether deliberately or not, they also have no safety catch on them to prevent very small children from igniting them. If a 52-year old could burn their finger, so could a small child.

In fact, the trigger for the flame is so easily activated, a small child would have no problem lighting is AND the flame is less than a 16th of an inch from the trigger! My finger was completely surrounded by the blue flame.

I immediately reported these items to Consumer Affairs.

I can’t find a photo of the exact items (except the tractor but I can’t post it as it is on eBay). However, there are a great number of similar items to be found on Google….

Which is the lighter?

Which is the lighter?

Santa Lighter

Santa Lighter

"Coke" Lighter

Fried thumb with that Coke, anyone?

Fork Lift Lighter -- Look at the flame!

Fork Lift Lighter -- Look at the flame!

Novelty Lighters

Novelty Lighters

Novelty Lighters

Novelty Lighters

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5 Comments

  1. J. said,

    June 18, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Too bad they look so cute

  2. azahar said,

    June 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Apparently there’s no limit to stupid inventions. And they look like the sort of thing that only boneheaded people would buy. Accidents just waiting to happen.

    • mudhooks said,

      June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      “And they look like the sort of thing that only boneheaded people would buy”

      Like the guy who was all bent out of shape because it would hinder his collecting of them… OMG! We can’t deny people who collect crappy, made in China shit the right to collect crappy, made in China shit because a few kids could burn someone’s house down or set fire to themselves and possibly die!!!!! The tyranny!

  3. Cassandra said,

    June 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    That’s crazy! I’m glad you reported this because, I agree with you, there is a HUGE safety issue here. Good God.

    • mudhooks said,

      June 17, 2009 at 8:28 pm

      Interestingly, on a lot of reports about how states or the federal government are banning these things, there are a lot of people commenting who think it is “the parent’s responsibility” to see that kids don’t get hold of these things. All well and good.

      Problem is that there are parents who either don’t care or don’t know to keep them out of their kids’ hands.

      I would rather the government banned these nonsensically dangerous things than MY house gets burned down because some idiot left one lying about and their kid got hold of it. Or, worse, their kid got immolated because they left it about.


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