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Recall of the Week: Children’s flashlights sold at Dollar Tree Stores due to fire and burn hazards

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Dollar Tree Stores is recalling about 275,000 Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Iron Man 2 projector flashlights.

The flashlights can cause the batteries and/or bulb to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

The firm has received three reports of incidents involving batteries overheating in the recalled flashlights. Reported incidents include a flashlight that melted and a flashlight battery that caught fire. No injuries have been reported.

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.

Manufactured in China, the flashlights were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Tree $1 Stop, Deal$, and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from August 2010 for about $1.

Consumers should take the recalled flashlights away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries, and return the flashlights to the store where purchased for a full refund, the company advises.

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.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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