In conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wichita, KS-based supplier and retail-product company Coleman Co. Inc. (asi/45647) has recalled three models of Coleman flashlights because the lithium-ion batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. There have been two reports of the batteries catching fire and causing minor property damage, though no injuries have been reported. The flashlights are not listed in ASI’s ESP database.
About 8,500 of the flashlights have been sold in the United States, and another 500 in Canada. The recall involves three models of the Coleman CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights: CTAC20 (model number 2000013874), CTAC40 (model number 2000013873) and CTAC60 (model number 2000013872). The 6.5-inch-long flashlights are black, with “Coleman” printed in white along the handle and the model number in white print on the upper portion of the handle next to the light. The lithium-ion batteries inside the flashlights are red with the Coleman logo printed in white.
Manufactured by Kaper Industrial LTD of Hong Kong, the flashlights were imported by Coleman Co. and sold from January 2014 to August 2015 for $65 to $75 at sporting goods stores nationwide and at www.coleman.com and www.amazon.com.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled flashlights and contact Coleman for instructions on returning them for a full refund. More information is available by visiting www.coleman.com, clicking on “Safety Information” under the “Consumer Support” tab at the bottom of the page, then selecting “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlight Recall.”