Legal news for Product Liability lawyers—Consumer Product Safety Commission and Target stores have recalled defective flashlights that may pose injury.
Washington, DC (NewYorkInjuryNews.com) – The time for trick or treating is just around the corner when costumed children will go door to door at night for Halloween. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Target Corp. has announced a voluntary recall of Halloween Flashlights due the flashlights threat of overheating, which could lead to burns on children’s hands. Parents and all purchasers of the Halloween flashlights are advised to discontinue use unless otherwise informed.
There have been 610,000 Halloween flashlights sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from August to September of 2009. The flashlights were imported through Target in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The decorative flashlights were produced by DGI LLC, in Warren, New Jersey and in Tien Hsing, of Wanchai, in Hong Kong.
The reason for the pre-holiday recall is that the festive Halloween flashlights have the potential to overheat, melt, and could burn a user’s hand. There have been eight filed complaints to Target about this defective product with one report of a burn injury.
There are two types of Halloween flashlights being recalled: The mini flashlights and the flash lights sold with stencils. The mini flashlights were described as having a key ring attached, sold in a pack of three: green, orange, and black coloring. The “3 Pack” is written on the front of the packaging with “DGI,” “Made in China” and the DPCI # 234-02-1813 on the back of the package.
The Standard size flashlights were described as with a black handle and an orange top, sold with six stencils with images of pumpkins, ghosts, spider, cat, witch, and a skull with cross-bones. “Flashlight with Stencil” is printed on the front and “Tien Hsing,” “Made in China” along with 234- 02-1838 is on the back of the package.
The price for the mini flashlight was $1 and the flashlights with stencils were $2.50. All those looking to participate in a safe and enjoyable “trick or treating” experience are advised to return the malfunctioning flashlights for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 or online at www.target.com.