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A Halloween flashlight that was designed to keep your kids safe, may be a fire hazard. I-Team investigator Stephen Stock looked into the flashlight and was able to shed some light on the issue.
Emily Pavoni, 3, loved her new Halloween flashlight so much she took it to bed. “It burned a hole through here and burned the pillow,” said her mother Brandi. Her youngest daughter was playing in the bed with the flashlight in the dark until she fell asleep.
Brandi turned it off and left it next to Emily, but when she checked on her daughter a few minutes later, she said “it burnt through everything and it was smoking.”
A metal spring at the end of the handle had become so hot it melted through the plastic and scorched the bed. Brandi said the flashlight came from a bargain bin at the Target near her home outside Chicago. So she alerted the local store.
“They had nothing at all to say,” admitted Brandi. After getting no explanation at the store she phoned Target’s corporate office. “I was very upset because I think that children’s toys should be safe,” Pavoni added.
She claims Target officials only seemed to want to know what she hoping to get out of it. But Brandi said all she wants to do is warn the public,”If something would have happened to her I don’t know what would do.”
The mother of four said she never imagined these flashlights marketed for little children would be a danger. But, CBS4 discovered that this isn’t the only report of a Halloween flashlight sold at Target to smoke or catch fire.
A Target spokesperson said the chain voluntarily pulled the flashlights off their shelves on October first after they became aware of the problem. But last week our investigative partners at CBS2 in Chicago found these mini flashlights still displayed in the bargain bins.
It is clear that Target has taken internal steps to ban the continued sale of both of these flashlights because when CBS4 investigators tried to buy them at the check-out counter, the store computers listed them as “Do Not Sell” items.
While it appears Target has pulled many of these flashlights off many of its shelves, consumer advocates worry about those parents who’ve already bought these flashlights, and they warn them to be very careful.
Target still hasn’t listed the flashlights as a recalled item on its own website. The store spokesperson said there are no plans to update the website because the recall is voluntary.
Brandi Pavoni wanted to know why there is no nationwide warning on the TARGET website about the flashlights for customers who already bought them and are waiting to give them out as Halloween gifts.
“I don’t want to see anyone else get hurt. I mean it was a close call for us,” Brandi said.
A Target spokesperson told the CBS4 I-Team that any customer who wants to return these flashlights can get a full refund. But here’s the catch, because it’s a voluntary recall, Target hasn’t and won’t post any information or warning on its website.
So many customers won’t know about the potential problem with these lights until it happens to them.
Target did issue a statement, click here to read it in full.