10/21/2010

Kids looking to become Wolverine, Spider-Man or Iron Man may end up as the Human Torch if they're not careful.
The discount store "Dollar Tree" has issued a recall on several Marvel flashlights that can overheat, melt and catch fire. While some kids might say this is the coolest toy ever, most parents would disagree. Unless your name is Britney Spears.

Stores sold 275,000 of these explosive Chinese children's toys in Atlanta. The problem is in the batteries. Reports include a flashlight that melted and a flashlight battery that caught fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Here's the official description from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
The recalled projector flashlights are about 6 1/2 inches in length and have the Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man characters and names printed on them. The flashlights come with five extra mini discs that attach to the flashlight to project various images. The back of the packaging contains the number 16879-20012-003-1003 and UPC 6 39277 16879 5.

If you own one of these flashlights, take the recalled flashlights away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries and return the flashlights to the store where you got them for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.dollartree.com.
As a related note. I'm off to Dollar Tree to buy some flashlights.
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