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Coleman Recalls Flashlights Due to Fire Hazard

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Coleman® CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Coleman-Recalls-Flashlights/

Recall Date: April 12, 2016

Recall Number: 16-140

Hazard: The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled flashlights and contact Coleman for instructions on returning the flashlights for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Coleman at 800-835-3278 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at consumerservice@coleman.com or online at http://www.coleman.com and click on “Safety Information” under the “Customer Support” tab at the bottom of the page and then click on “CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlight Recall” for more information. 

Recall Details

Photos Available At http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Coleman-Recalls-Flashlights/

Units: About 8,500 in the United States (in addition, about 500 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves three models of Coleman® CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights. Models include CTAC20 (model 2000013874), CTAC40 (model 2000013873) and CTAC60 (model 2000013872). The flashlights are black, with “Coleman” printed in white along the handle and have the model number in white print on the upper portion of the handle next to the light. The flashlights are 6.5 inches long. The lithium-ion batteries inside the flashlights are red with the Coleman logo printed in white on the battery.

Incidents/Injuries: Coleman has received two reports of the flashlight batteries overheating, catching fire and causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Green Supply, Sportsman’s Supply Company and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at http://www.coleman.com and http://www.amazon.com from January 2014 through August 2015 for between $65 and $75. 

Manufacturer: Kaper Industrial LTD, of Hong Kong, China

Importer: The Coleman Company Inc., Wichita, Kan. 

Manufactured in: China

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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