Dollar Tree Recalls 275,000 Super Hero Flashlights For Being Too Damn Hot

Dollar Tree and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a recall for a trio of toy “projector flashlights” featuring Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man because they can overheat to the point of melting or even bursting into flames.

According to the CPSC announcement, the batteries in the approximately 275,000 recalled flashlights can overheat and pose a fire or burn hazard to consumers:

The firm has received three reports of incidents involving batteries overheating in the recalled flashlights. Reported incidents include a flashlight that melted and a flashlight battery that caught fire. No injuries have been reported.

The flashlights were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Tree $1 Stop, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from August 2010 for about $1.

The back of the packaging contains the number 16879-20012-003-1003 and UPC 6 39277 16879 5.

If you own one of these flashlights, you should take it away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries and return the flashlights to the store where purchased for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.dollartree.com.

Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Projector Flashlights Due to Fire and Burn Hazards [CPSC.gov]