Dollar Tree has recalled more than a quarter million projector flashlights featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man.
The flashlights can cause the batteries and bulb to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. Three incidents involving batteries overheating have been reported, although no injuries have been reported. In one case a flashlight melted and in one case a flashlight battery caught fire.
If you have purchased one of these you may return it to the store for a full refund, even though they only cost $1.
Which leads me to ask: Do you really expect a flashlight that costs $1 to be safe?
Anyway…I can’t recommend that you let your child keep their flashlight, but their potential danger does accurately represent the danger faced by superheroes like Wolverine and Spider-Man everyday. So if you’re worried that your kid has a romanticized idea of what it means to be a superhero, and you want them to understand how it really feels to be Wolverine facing down Pyro or Spider-Man battling Electro…