Midwest supermarket chain Meijer recalled roughly 8,600 Chinese-made novelty flashlights in late October, due to a burn risk, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Halloween projector flashlights were sold for about $3 at Meijer stores in September and October of this year. The Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer has received one report of a flashlight overheating and the plastic handle melting, but no reports of injuries from the product. No ad specialty suppliers or distributors were named in this flashlight recall.
The recall involves a Signature Designs Halloween image projector that includes a flashlight with a cap that holds special lenses to project messages and images onto a wall or other surfaces. The 7-inch-long flashlight handle is black with the word “Halloween” and has pictures of a skull and jack-o’-lantern in white.
The 3-inch orange cap came with three lenses: an orange one featuring a black jack-o’-lantern, a yellow lens with a black bat and a purple lens with the words “Trick or Treat” in black. The flashlight holds two C batteries and the item has a clear label with white printing opposite the orange on/off switch that reads: “Signature Designs (HK) Ltd, Ningbo, China, 14-121-02, 05/2014.”
Consumers who purchased one of the flashlights should stop using the product immediately and remove the batteries. The flashlight can be returned to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.
This continues a string of children’s products sold at retail that have been recalled this year. The CPSC has put a renewed focus on the safety of products geared for kids, and while outerwear with drawstrings has been the main offender over the past year, the organization has also taken a hard look at any electronics that could overheat and cause burns.