Hasbro Inc., of Pawtucket, RI, is voluntarily recalling about 618,000 Star Wars Lightsaber toys for repair. The spring in the battery compartments of these toys can dislodge, causing the batteries to overheat or rupture. This can cause burns to consumers. There are two models of Lightsaber toys involved in this recall. The Darth MaulTM Double-Bladed Lightsaber has retractable red plastic "light blades" on both sides of a metallic-gray handgrip. When the blades are fully extended, the toy is 5 feet long. The Qui-Gon JinnTM Lightsaber has a single retractable "light blade" made of green plastic that extends from a metallic-gray hand grip to about 3 feet. Both Lightsaber toys operate with two "C" batteries. The plastic blades on double-bladed Lightsaber
light up when struck against another object and the single-bladed Lightsaber stays continually lit when turned on. Both feature energy "humming," "charge-up" and motion-activated battle crash sounds. Mass merchandise and toys stores nationwide sold these Lightsabers from May 1999 through June 1999 for $20 to $30.
Consumers should stop using these Lightsabers immediately,
and call Hasbro to get a free repair kit. The repair kit contains instructions
on how to install a battery protector. To get this repair kit or for more
information, consumers should call Hasbro at (888) 690- 6141 anytime,
or go to their website at www.hasbro.com. Consumers also can write
to: Hasbro Lightsaber Repair Program, P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862.