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August 19, 1999

"Bug's Life" Flashlight Toys Recalled

Toy RecalledMINNEAPOLIS, MN (SafetyAlerts) - General Mills, of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 139,000 "Bug's Life" mini-projector flashlights, used as a premium with its cereals.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these flashlights can short circuit and become very hot when turned on, posing a risk of burns to consumers.  General Mills has received three reports of these flashlights overheating. There have been no reports of injuries.

The 6-inch, green plastic flashlight has five interchangeable lenses printed with characters from the movie, A Bug's Life. The flashlight casts the outline of the characters on the wall. The flashlight shows an ant character, named "Flik," from the movie. They use two "AA" batteries. "Made in China" is written on the bottom of the flashlight.

Giant Eagle grocery stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio distributed about 8,000 of these flashlights from April 1999 through May 1999 in exchange for four UPC symbols from General Mills cereals. About 131,000 of these flashlights were sold nationwide by General Mills through mail order for about $6. General Mills is contacting these customers directly about the recall.

Consumers should stop using these flashlights immediately, remove and discard the batteries, and mail the flashlights to: General Mills, P.O. Box 2141, Milaca, MN 56353-2141. Consumers who purchased flashlights from Giant Eagle will receive coupons for free boxes of cereal and reimbursement for postage. Consumers who purchased these flashlights by mail order will be notified directly about the procedure for obtaining a refund for the flashlights.

For more information, call General Mills at (800) 249-0562 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

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