About 2,300 UCO Arka LED lanterns have been recalled by Industrial Revolution Inc., of Tukwila, Wash. The lantern’s wall charger plug can fail during normal use, posing a fire hazard. The recalled UCO Arka LED lantern can be used as a flashlight, a lantern or a USB charger. It has a red cap around the flashlight lens, a collapsible clear plastic lantern top and a black base with red extendable feet. It comes with a rechargeable 3.7V 4Ah Lithium-ion battery, a USB cable and a wall charger. The lantern is 7.7 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. It collapses to 5.25 inches tall when closed. “UCO” and an image of a flame are printed in red on the base. There are two USB ports (USB-A and USB-mini) under recessed caps on the base of the lantern, just above the red ring at the bottom. The wall charger is a one-inch black plastic cube with a white-faced plug. Model number “A1265” is printed above the plug’s prongs and a small green dot appears below on the lower corner.
The lanterns were sold exclusively at REI stores nationwide and online from April to May 2013 for about $70. Consumers should immediately stop using the chargers, unplug them and contact REI to receive a free replacement charger plug. REI is contacting customers directly. Contact Industrial Revolution toll-free at 1-888-297-6062 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT, or online at www.industrialrev.com then click on “news” at the bottom of the page for more information
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