Flashlight Recall: Burn Hazard Cited
As part of a cooperative safety effort in conjunction with Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall by Spectrum Brands, Inc. of two models of Rayovac LED flashlights due to a possible burn hazard.
According to the recall notice, the batteries in either flashlight can potentially overheat, causing the flashlight’s plastic casing to melt. Thus far, Spectrum Brands has received four separate reports of incidents within the United States. While those incidents involve no reports of injury or property damage so far, at least 12 flashlights have reportedly become hot enough to melt the casing. So far, there have been no incidents reported in Canada.
The models of flashlights that are affected by this recall include:
The Rayovac LED Industrial flashlight (model ILED2AA). This is a standard-sized black LED flashlight with a yellow on/off switch. The flashlight comes in bubble packaging with red cardboard backing containing the words “Rayovac Industrial Grade.” The following date codes are printed on a white sticker inside the tube:
- R/F-C(January 2012)
- R/J-C (January 2013)
- Y/J-C (March 2013)
- E/J-C (August 2013)
- S/J-C (September 2013)
The Rayovac Value Bright LED plastic flashlight (model BRSELED2AA-BA). This is a standard-sized LED flashlight with casing in red, blue or green plastic. The flashlight comes in bubble packaging with blue cardboard backing containing the words “Rayovac Value Bright.” The following date codes are printed on a white sticker inside the tube:
- M/W-C (December 2011)
- R/F-C (January 2012)
- O/F-C (April 2012)
- L/F-C (May 2012)
- I-F-C (June 2012)
- H/F-C (October 2012)
- U/F-C (November 2012)
- R/J-C (January 2013)
So far, sales of the first model with the listed date codes are about 29,000 in the United States and about 6,000 in Canada, while the second model sold nearly 92,000 in the United States and about 1,000 in Canada. The first model listed was sold in both countries from March 2012 to November 2013, while the second model listed was sold from January 2012 to October 2013, also in both countries. The product being recalled was manufactured in Indonesia and distributed through Spectrum Brands.
Spectrum Brands requests that consumers who purchased one of these flashlights stop using them immediately, remove the batteries from the unit, and contact Spectrum Brands for a refund. They can call the company toll-free at 1-855-752-6660, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, or visit the Rayovac website.
If you or a loved one has one of these flashlights, follow the recall instructions and get rid of it. If you or a loved one has been injured, killed, or experienced major property damage due to one of these flashlights, or any other defective product, please contact the experienced Texas Defective Product Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your family’s rights.