The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 610,000 Halloween flashlights due to a burn hazard. Consumers are advised to stop using the product immediately and return it to any Target store for a complete refund. We have reproduced the CPSC recall notice in its entirety for our readers.
NEWS from CPSCU.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 28, 2009Release # 10-026 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908Halloween Flashlights Sold Exclusively at Target Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Halloween Flashlights
Units: About 610,000
Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Manufacturer: DGI LLC, of Warren, N.J. and Tien Hsing, of Wanchai, Hong Kong
Hazard: The flashlights can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received eight reports of flashlights overheating and melting, including one report of burns to the hand.
Description: This recall involves two types of Halloween-themed flashlights: the mini flashlights and flashlights sold with stencils.
Mini Flashlights – The mini flashlights have a key ring extending from the bottom and were sold in a pack of three colors: orange, green and black. The orange and purple packaging has “Mini Flashlights (3 Pack)” printed on the front and “DGI”, “Made in China” and “DPCI# 234-02-1813” printed on the back.
Standard Size Flashlights – Also included in the recall are standard sized flashlights with a black handle and an orange top. The flashlights were sold with six stencils in various colors and images: a pumpkin, ghost, spider, cat, witch and skull & cross-bones. “Flashlight with Stencil” is printed on the front and “Tien Hsing,” “Made in China” and ”234 02 1838” is printed on the back of the packaging.
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from August 2009 through September 2009 for $1 for the mini flashlights and $2.50 for the flashlights with stencils.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the flashlights and return the product to any Target store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.target.comPicture of Recalled Halloween Mini Flashlights Picture of Recalled Halloween Standard Size Flashlight
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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