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The French company, whose U.S. headquarters are in Shelton, said the move will stop the importation of “low-quality, Chinese-made knock-off pocket lighters that imitate the design of BIC’s lighters without upholding BIC’s stringent safety and quality standards.”
BIC's Steve Burkhart warned that "low-quality non-compliant imported lighters are rampant in the U.S. market."
Only 48% of surveyed parents said their child has been taught about pocket lighter safety.
BIC stated the Chinese lighters failed to meet the U.S. safety and quality standards.