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BIC WILL APPEAL VERDICT

 BIC WILL APPEAL VERDICT
 MILFORD, Conn., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BIC Corporation (NYSE: BIC)


is issuing the following statement in response to the $22 million 9 to 3 verdict rendered today by a state court jury in Creek County, Okla., in American National Bank & Trust Company of Sapulpa, Guardian of William Brooks Balthis, Debra Leanne Balthis and David Douglas Balthis v. BIC Corporation, Hubert Brooks and Dorothy Brooks:
 "We are shocked and very disappointed by the verdict. The lawsuit arose out of a tragic accident on Feb. 2, 1988, in which three young children, aged 5, 5, and 2 were seriously burned.
 "We believe that there was overwhelming proof that BIC was not at fault. Our proof was that this terrible accident was the result of the failure of the children's parents and grandparents, with whom the children lived, to keep lighters and matches away from the children.
 "Witnesses testified that after the fire several lighters were found in the bedroom in which the children were injured. Witnesses called by BIC testified that matches and more than thirty lighters were found throughout the house in places that were accessible to the children.
 "This decision is contrary to more than 50 decisions rendered by judges and juries across the country since January 1988. We know BIC disposable lighters are safe. Consumers using more than 250 million BIC lighters each year know BIC lighters are safe. BIC demonstrated its leadership by introducing the BIC Lighter with Child Guard (tm) earlier this year. Judges and juries have agreed repeatedly over the past four years that BIC lighters are safe.
 "BIC will continue to stand behind its lighter to the fullest and plans to vigorously appeal the verdict on a number of grounds and anticipates the appeal will be successful.
 "BIC is sufficiently insured and reserved so that the award would have no significant effect on the company's earnings."
 "BIC Corporation will continue to provide safe and reliable lighters that are the basis of its reputation for high quality. It urges consumers to use them properly and to read all the warnings provided by the company, especially KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN."
 FACT SHEET
 THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF BIC LIGHTERS
 -- Since 1973, when BIC began producing lighters in the U.S., the company has been a leader in increasing public awareness of the need for using lighters safely. From the beginning, BIC has always labeled its lighter packages with safety warnings, often exceeding the labeling recommendation of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
 -- BIC meets an even higher ASTM standard by placing full safety warning labels directly on every BIC lighter and repeating these warnings on displays in retail outlets.
 -- In every year since 1979, U.S. consumers have made BIC lighters their NO. 1 choice.
 -- Worldwide, BIC has sold over 7 billion lighters, of which 3.0 billion have been sold in the U. S. Consumers have come to overwhelmingly recognize BIC as a safe, reliable lighter and continue to use BIC.
 -- BIC's quality assurance criteria for its lighters meet or exceed the consumer safety standards established by the ASTM.
 -- BIC employees are carefully trained to recognize that quality is essential to the production of safe lighters. The average employee in BIC's assembly process spends approximately 25 percent of his or her time checking quality.
 -- BIC's manufacturing process is one of the most modern in the world. BIC's assembly line is custom-designed to produce top quality lighters. BIC's equipment identifies non-conforming products and ejects those that do not meet BIC's stringent specifications.
 -- BIC has installed sophisticated computerized camera equipment to measure flame height and other components to assure precise readings time after time and to eject any non-conformances.
 -- BIC's quality control program operates to catch the isolated manufacturing problems that can occur in any assembly line. Each standard BIC lighter has 55 separate quality checks built into it at BIC's Milford, Conn., plant -- including testing of each and every finished BIC lighter by lighting and extinguishing it to ensure the lighter performs properly before it ever leaves BIC's factory. In addition, the Child Guard lighters are checked individually to see that the latch functions properly and snaps back automatically after each light.
 -- BIC's commitment to quality continues even after each lighter has been machine inspected. Samples of each production batch are further examined by quality control inspectors. In addition, every day a random sample of finished lighters is collected so that a series of ongoing tests can be performed over a period of 18 months. -- Fire is inherently dangerous and any device that creates a flame is potentially dangerous. Lighters are clearly safer than the only consumer alternative -- matches.
 -- Statistics from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Fire Protection Association reveal that matches account for many more fires and casualties than lighters -- yet lighter usage is 4 times greater than that of matches. Lighters are many times safer than matches.
 -- One reason BIC lighters are safer than matches is that ignition requires a "two-step" process -- the user must spin the sparkwheel and then press, and hold down, the thumb lever to release fuel and ignite it. Unlike matches, BIC lighters extinguish immediately when they are released.
 -- As the industry leader, one of BIC's priorities has been to find a way to offer the public a more child-resistant lighter that still functions as a convenient lighting device. In 1991, BIC was granted a patent on its Child Guard Lighter, which makes the lighter more difficult for children to light.
 -- The new BIC Lighter with Child Guard (tm) began appearing on the market in July 1992.
 -- In keeping with recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association, all BIC lighters -- including the Child Guard model -- continue to carry warnings that remind adults to "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN."
 -- Society needs a product to create a flame, and BIC fulfills that basic need safely and reliably every day.
 -- For over 30 years, BIC has been committed to manufacturing the highest quality writing instruments, lighters and shavers at minimum fair price. The steady growth of our products in the marketplace shows that consumers find exceptional value in BIC products.
 -0- 11/07/92
 /CONTACT: Linda K. Kwong of BIC, 203-783-2049/
 (BIC) CO: BIC Corporation ST: Connecticut IN: SU:


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