About 1.4 million cheap FIXIT brand spotlights sold at pharmacy chains, hardware stores and supermarkets nationwide are being recalled after more than a dozen reports of burns to people and property caused by acid leaking from the battery, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The battery can overcharge, causing it to rupture and leak battery acid, the CPSC said. The company told federal authorities that it received 13 reports of incidents caused by the leaking batteries, including chemical burns to skin and burn holes through clothing, carpeting and upholstery.
The spotlights were sold between October 2003 and October 2009 for about $10. Among the retailers that sold them: Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bealls, Tuesday Morning, Ace Hardware, Boscov's and Winn-Dixie.
The FIXIT One Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlights were imported from China by Innovage LLC. The package includes an AC charger and a car adapter.
Consumers are urged to stop using them immediately and contact Innovage, which will refund the full retail price. If you paid more than the regular retail price, Innovage will refund that amount with a proper receipt.
Innovage will send a stamped envelope or box for consumers to return the spotlights. Details are supposed to be available on the company's recall site, but it was not functioning late Wednesday afternoon.
Consumers can reach Innovage at (888) 408-1140 weekdays between noon and 8 p.m. Eastern Time or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.4 million FIXIT spotlights recalled after batteries cause burns