Flashlights Recalled for Burn Hazards
April 12, 2019
Nearly half a million Harbor Freight rechargeable flashlights have been recalled due to a product defect that creates burn hazards for unsuspecting consumers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently launched the recall, which so far the manufacturer is voluntarily complying with. Luckily, no reports of injuries have occurred – but the only way to safely avoid the dangers of defective products is to stay on top of recall notices, and to steer clear of using them altogether.
The Recalled Flashlights
The CPSC’s recall involves approximately 500,000 Harbor Freight 80 Lumen 12v rechargeable flashlights. The recalled flashlights are small (roughly 5 inches long), black, and have a soft, white button on the side. Defective Harbor Freight flashlights also have SKU number 64109 listed on their sticker label. Because of the product defect, the flashlights are prone to overheating while they charge. The CPSC fears that the flashlight’s overheating defect leaves consumers vulnerable to property damages (e.g. house fires) in addition to burn-related injuries.
The recalled flashlights were on the shelves between August of 2018 to January of 2019 for anywhere between $2-$4. The flashlights were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores across the nation. So far, the manufacturer has received two reports of the flashlights overheating. This number could increase – and the damages could become more severe – if the dangerous flashlights stay in the homes of unaware consumers.
If you would like to learn more about the CPSC’s recall, please visit the agency’s website here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Harbor-Freight-Tools-Recalls-12V-Rechargeable-Flashlights-Due-to-Overheating-and-Burn-Hazards. To stay on top of other important – and potentially dangerous recalls – visit the CPSC’s general recall page here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/.
If You Own a Recalled Harbor Freight Tools’ Flashlight
Consumers who own the recalled flashlights are encouraged to contact the manufacturer directly – as well as to immediately discontinue use to avoid all preventable injuries and property damages. Harbor Freight Tools is giving customers a financial refund in exchange for the defective flashlights. The refund comes in the form of a gift card. If you sustained injuries from your recalled Harbor Freight flashlight, or from any other unreasonably dangerous or defective products, please contact a representative at our firm who can help.
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