Mitch Lipka bought a three-pack of Halloween flashlights from a Target department store for $1 – but when he brought them home and put batteries in the children’s product, one of the flashlights sizzled as the battery melted through the plastic. When he tested a second pack of flashlights, the same fire hazard occurred in one of the defective toys.
Now Target has recalled the dangerous Halloween flashlights with the help of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Target has asked that those who bought the defective toys bring them back to the store for a full refund and that anyone using the lights should immediately remove the batteries. Target has also pulled the dangerous fire hazards from their shelves – even before the CPSC has finished investigating the dangerous product. The CPSC encourages all parents to report defective and dangerous toys.