Holly adds: this is a good article to help understand what is happening to our manufacturing industry.
Excerpt: “The widespread problems started to come to light ten years ago, when the American lighter industry began to complain to the federal government about cheap, unsafe lighters flooding American markets from overseas. Part of the issue is that the CPSC only has “voluntary” minimum safety standards when it comes to the manufacture and design of lighters.”
“Experts say that standard worked reasonably well when American manufacturers dominated the domestic market. However, with the growth of imports being sold in this country, the same experts also say that many foreign lighters are below even the voluntary standard and are a safety risk.”