The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Target Corporation has announced a nationwide voluntary recall of 55,000 six-piece LED Flashlight Sets because of four reports of incidents including two consumers who suffered minor burn injuries to their hands.
It is frightening to think that something as simple as a flashlight, something that we all have on hand for emergencies, can heat up, melt, smoke, and pose a fire hazard.
Manufactured in China, these flashlight sets were sold in sets of six exclusively at Target stores from October 2010 through December 2011 for about $10.00 per set. Made of silver plastic and having black rubber around the minor burn prevention handle and base, there were two flashlights about 3 inches long, two medium ones about 6 inches long, and two large ones about 7 1/2 inches long.
With the LED bulb being promoted as a new energy-efficient source with the phase-out of the incandescent light bulb, one wonders how safe they are when such events as this happen. Could the bulbs also have these defects when used in electric outlets?
If you think you have one of these sets, look on the back of the package for UPC code 490021010049. If you find that code, return the set to your Target store for a full refund.
For more information, you can call Target at 1-800-440-0680 or go to their website at http://www.target.com.