A large recall of 682,000 Halloween Lanterns has been implemented, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recalled Pumpkin, Ghost, and Skull Halloween Lanterns, which were manufactured in China, imported by Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Virginia, and sold by Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Virginia are being recalled because the bulb in the battery-operated lanterns can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
To date, the firm has received one report of the bulb in a lantern overheating. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves plastic, Halloween-themed lanterns designed to resemble a pumpkin, ghost, or skull. The lanterns are about 6 1/2 inches tall and were sold in orange, white, and black. Model number 954437-13096-003-1005 is printed on the bottom of the lanterns.
The recalled Halloween Lanterns were sold for about $1 at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Occasions, Deal$, and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from August 2010 to October 2010.
The CPSC is advising consumers to take the recalled lanterns away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries, and return the lanterns to the store where purchased for a full refund. Dollar Tree Stores Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 876-8077 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.dollartree.com.