Cigarette lighters that are unsafe, do not work properly or are used incorrectly, particularly by children, may cause accidental fires and injuries.
To reduce the risk of accidental fires, cigarette lighters must meet certain performance, design and labelling standards. Lighters must be designed to ensure most children would not be able to operate them.
What is the product safety standard for cigarette lighters?
The Product Safety Standards (Cigarette Lighters) Regulations 1998 (Regulations) set specific sections of these two standards: ISO 9994:1995E and American standard CFR 16 Part 1210 Safety Standard for Cigarette Lighters with amendments as the official product safety standard that suppliers of cigarette lighters in New Zealand must comply with.
What cigarette lighters are covered?
- designed to be refilled with fuel and has a customs value of less than $3.50.
- lighters brought into New Zealand in a person's luggage or effects, as long as the number of lighters carried is not more than four
- component parts used to manufacture cigarette lighters where a certificate of compliance has already been issued.
Who do the rules apply to?
- Manufacturers, importers and distributors who supply cigarette lighters to retailers
- Retailers who sell cigarette lighters instore or online to customers
- Individuals who offer second-hand cigarette lighters for sale at markets or on internet auction sites.
What are the rules?
- be child resistant
- comply with certain performance and structural requirements
- meet labelling requirements
- be documented with a certificate of compliance
Child resistance requirements
- automatically reset itself after each ignition
- not impair safe operation of the lighter when used normally
- be effective for the lighter's functional life
- not be easily overridden or deactivated.
- The flame must be produced by the lighter being deliberately operated by hand.
- The lighter cannot spit, sputter or flare a flame.
- The flame must go out when no longer in use.
- The lighter must have no sharp edges.
Flame heights and height adjustments
- 50mm high for non-adjustable lighters that are not windproof
- 120 mm high for non-adjustable windproof lighters.
Certificate of compliance
- a statement that the lighters comply with the American Consumer Product Safety Standard for cigarette lighters (16 CFR 1210)
- the name and address of the manufacturer or importer issuing the certificate
- the month and year of manufacture
- the physical address where the lighters were manufactured if this is different to the manufacturer's address.