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Recall of the Week: Halloween flashlights sold at Target recalled due to burn hazard

About 610,000 flashlights sold at Target are being recalled because the flashlights can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Manufactured by DGI LLC, of Warren, N.J., and Tien Hsing, of Wanchai, Hong Kong and imported by Target, of Minneapolis, Minn., the flashlights have been the subject of eight reports of overheating and melting, including one report of burns to the hand.

The recall involves two types of Halloween-themed flashlights: the mini flashlights and flashlights sold with stencils.


Mini Flashlights – The mini flashlights have a key ring extending from the bottom and were sold in a pack of three colors: orange, green, and black. The orange and purple packaging has “Mini Flashlights (3 Pack)” printed on the front and “DGI,” “Made in China,” and “DPCI# 234-02-1813” printed on the back.


Standard Size Flashlights – Also included in the recall are standard-sized flashlights with a black handle and an orange top. The flashlights were sold with six stencils in various colors and images: a pumpkin, ghost, spider, cat, witch, and skull & cross-bones. “Flashlight with Stencil” is printed on the front and “Tien Hsing,” “Made in China,” and ”234 02 1838” is printed on the back of the packaging.

The flashlights were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from August 2009 through September 2009 for $1 for the mini flashlights and $2.50 for the flashlights with stencils.

Consumer should immediately stop using the flashlights and return the product to any Target store for a full refund, advises the commission.

For additional information, contact Target at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at


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Jim Al-Hid

This really is a shame. I know these types of things are made as cheap as possible, but at some point there needs to be some expectation of suitability for purpose.


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