November 12, 2002
Eveready Battery Co. Inc. Announces Recall of Kidz Club Flashlights


Eveready Battery Co. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Kidz Club flashlights, sold under its Energizer brand. The flashlights can overheat and cause the batteries to leak, posing a risk of burns to children. Eveready has received three reports of the flashlights overheating, including one report of a 4-year-old boy receiving a minor burn to his hand.

The multicolored flashlights measure about 5.75 inches in length, and are made with a metal barrel and a plastic head. They take "C" batteries and have a rotating focusing head. The model number FC230KBP appears only on the reverse side of the package. The words Energizer Kidz Club appear on the head of the flashlight. "Made in China" is written on the base. Discount department and toy stores sold these flashlights nationwide from April 2002 through October 2002 for about $6.

Consumers should take these flashlights away from children immediately and remove the batteries. Consumers should contact Eveready at (800) 669-6394 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the flashlights and receiving a $12 refund. Consumers also can access the company's web site at If the flashlight takes other than "C" batteries or does not have a rotating focusing head, then the flashlight is not included in the recall.