Sportsman's Warehouse Recalls Flashlights; Counterfeit Batteries Can Overheat, Posing a Fire Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2007
Release #07-237

Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 678-0010
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Sportsman's Warehouse Recalls Flashlights; Counterfeit Batteries Can Overheat, Posing a Fire Hazard

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Xenon Aluminum Flashlights

Units: About 4,400

Distributor: Sportsman's Warehouse, of Midvale, Utah

Hazard: The batteries packaged with the recalled flashlights are labeled as "Panasonic CR123A Industrial Lithium" and have been determined by Panasonic to be counterfeit. The counterfeit batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sportsman's Warehouse has received two reports of batteries overheating and flashlights igniting, with one consumer receiving burns to his hands.

Description: The recall involves High Intensity Xenon Aluminum Flashlights in 6-volt (Item No. 1139422), 9-volt (Item No. 1139423) and 12-volt (Item No. 1139424) models. The recalled flashlights are black and have the Sportsman's Warehouse logo printed on the handle. The recalled flashlights were packaged with two, three or four batteries labeled as "Panasonic CR123A Industrial Lithium".

Sold at: Sportsman's Warehouse stores nationwide from October 2006 through May 2007 for between $30 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove and discontinue using the batteries from the recalled flashlights. Consumers can return the recalled flashlights and batteries to any Sportsman's Warehouse store for a full refund or store credit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sportsman's Warehouse toll-free at (877) 678-0010 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.sportsmanswarehouse.com

Picture of Recalled Xenon Aluminum Flashlights