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Faulty Flashlights Recalled for Potential Burn Hazard

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Olight Ecommerce Technology (OET) has issued a product defect recall for nearly 215,000 M2R Pro and Warrior Mini Flashlights because they can cause burn injuries. According to an alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website, the flashlights can be turned on inadvertently and overheat while stored in a holster or consumer’s pocket posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Details of the Recall

Olight has reported 127 instances of an accidental turn-on and overheating, 22 of which resulted in burn injuries. Three of those were second-degree burn injuries. This recall covers the M2R Pro mini flashlight sold in black, camouflage, desert tan, OD green, Patriotic Edition, gunmetal gray, and several other colors.

They were sold on Olight’s website, Amazon.com, and independent stores from November 2019 through November 2021 for between $48 and $120. Olight is offering a refund in the form of store credit or a free replacement flashlight. The company is reaching out to all known purchasers directly. For more information, call the company at 1-888-889-6870 or mail cs@olightstore.com.

Burn Injuries

Defective products often cause burn injuries. Burns are classified as first, second, third or fourth degree depending on how deeply and severely they penetrate the skin’s surface. First-degree burn injuries typically only affect the outer layer of the skin. So, it doesn’t usually cause long-term damage.

Second-degree burns involve the epidermis and part of the lower layer of the skin, the dermis. These types of burns may be painful and require treatment. Third-degree burns destroy both the epidermis and dermis, while fourth-degree burns go through layers of the skin and underlying tissue as well as muscle, bone, and internal organs.

Product Liability Issues

Manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure that their products work effectively and to conduct the proper safety tests before selling their products to consumers. Manufacturers of defective products can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Injured victims can file what is known as a product liability claim seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and other related damages. An experienced product defect lawyer who has successfully handled product liability claims against large manufacturers on behalf of injured victims can help advise injured victims and their families in such cases.

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Olight-Ecommerce-Technology-Recalls-Flashlights-Due-to-Burn-Hazard

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