|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued November 12, 2002, Revised July 7, 2004
Release # 03-034
|Firm's Telephone Number: (800) 383-7323
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
Note: Telephone number change.
CPSC, Eveready Battery Co. Inc. Announce Recall of Kidz Club Flashlights
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Eveready Battery Co. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Kidz Club flashlights, sold under its Energizer brand. The flashlights can overheat and cause the batteries to leak, posing a risk of burns to children.
Eveready has received three reports of the flashlights overheating, including one report of a 4-year-old boy receiving a minor burn to his hand.
The multicolored flashlights measure about 5.75 inches in length, and are made with a metal barrel and a plastic head. They take "C" batteries and have a rotating focusing head. The model number FC230KBP appears only on the reverse side of the package. The words Energizer Kidz Club appear on the head of the flashlight. "Made in China" is written on the base.
Discount department and toy stores sold these flashlights nationwide from April 2002 through October 2002 for about $6.
Consumers should take these flashlights away from children immediately and remove the batteries. Consumers should contact Eveready at (800) 383-7323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the flashlights and receiving a $12 refund.
If the flashlight takes other than "C" batteries or does not have a rotating focusing head, then the flashlight is not included in the recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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