3-in-1 flashlight, compass and match holder
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May 06, 2014

Altria Group Distribution Company is recalling roughly 365,000 3-in-1 flashlight, compass and match holders. Matches inside the match holder can ignite when in contact with the striker pad beneath the compass cap, posing burn and injury hazards to consumers.

The recalled product is a bronze-colored 3-in-1 flashlight that was distributed as a promotional item for Marlboro brand cigarettes from January 2014 through March 2014. The flashlight is 4.5 inches long and 1 inch in diameter and has five LED lights. It has a compartment for storing matches and an end cap that has compass in the top. The cap with the compass has a striker pad on the inside. It came with 20 wooden matches and a removable foam insert between the matches and the striker pad.

The company has received 11 reports of the matches igniting inside the product, including two reports of the product exploding. One consumer reported receiving minor burns and one reported receiving medical attention for injuries to his hand.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product, remove the matches and store them safely and contact AGDC for a free replacement item of equal or greater value.

For more on this recall, contact Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC) toll-free at 888-597-5387.