Flashlight recall: Burn hazard

By Tony Statz, Ruth to the Rescue producer, @RuthToTheRescue
Published On: Jan 23 2014 04:20:02 PM EST

Many of you might throw your flashlight in a drawer and never think about it much.

It might be time to take the flashlight out, and check to see if its affected by a new recall. About 225,000 Rayovac flashlights are being recalled in the United States, with another 7,000 affected in Canada.

The flashlight can cause the batteries to overheat and melt the flashlight's plastic casing, posing a burn hazard. The manufacturer, Spectrum, has received reports of 12 flashlights overheating and melting during use. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Rayovac LED Industrial flashlights (model ILED2AA) with run times of 25 or 50 hours, Rayovac Value Bright LED plastic flashlights (model BRSELED2AA-BA), and Rayovac Value Bright flashlights (model BRSELED2AA-BDGDI).

The flashlights use two AA batteries. They measure about 6 ½ inches long and the flashlight head is about 1 1/3 inches in diameter. They were sold in the following colors: solid red, blue, green or black with yellow. Rayovac is printed on the head of the flashlight. The following date codes are included in the recall: E/J-C, H/F-C, I/F-C, L/F-C, M/W-C, O/F-C, R/F-C, R/J-C, S/J-C, T/F-C, U/F-C and Y/J-C. The date code is printed on a white sticker inside the flashlight's tube.

The flashlights were sold at electronics, grocery, drug, hardware, home improvement and auto parts stores, farm and ranch product outlets, military surplus outlets and farm cooperatives and other stores nationwide and online at www.rayovac.com and other websites from February 2012 through December 2013 for about $2.30.

If you have one of the flashlights affected by the recall, you should stop using the recalled flashlights immediately, remove the batteries and contact Spectrum for a full refund or register for the recall at www.rovrecall.com.

Spectrum Brands toll-free at 855-752-6660 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.spectrumbrands.com or www.rayovac.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

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