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September 22, 1999

Burn Hazards Prompt Toy Flashlight Recall

Toy Flashlight RecalledHONG KONG (SafetyAlerts) - Sonca Products Ltd. is voluntarily recalling about 5,500 toy flashlights because of reports that the battery can overheat or leak battery acid.  Children can suffer burns from the leaking battery.

Sonca has received two reports of minor property damage and two minor injuries, including eye irritation and skin burns.

The recalled flashlight came with Playmobil's Coastal Search and Rescue Boats toy set (item 3063), which included a rescue boat, rescue raft, diver, and captain among other diving equipment. The toy set is not part of the recall, only the flashlight.

The flashlights are made of blue rubber, measure about 6.25 inches long, and have a black cord attached. The flashlight operates with two "AA" batteries. The word "PLAYMOBIL" is on the side of the flashlight. Independent toy stores nationwide sold the toy set containing the recalled flashlight from July 1999 to September 1999 for about $40.

Consumers should take the flashlight away from children immediately. Consumers should call Sonca at (800) 669-6394 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the flashlight for a $5 refund. Consumers also can access the company's web site at

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