August 19, 1999
"Bug's Life" Flashlight Toys Recalled
MINNEAPOLIS, 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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