NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — More than 1.2 million rechargeable lights have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada following a report of one consumer death.

According to a Thursday notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Good Earth Lighting’s now-recalled integrated light bars have batteries that can overheat — and cause the unit to catch on fire. That can pose serious burn and smoke-inhalation risks.

To date, the CPSC notes that there’s been one report of a consumer who died and another who was treated for smoke inhalation when the light caused a fire in their home last year.

Good Earth Lighting is aware of nine additional reports of these products overheating, the CPSC added, six of which resulted in fires and property damage.

In a statement, Good Earth Lighting said it decided to conduct a voluntary recall “after investigating the circumstances” of the reported incidents — and removed the lights involved from sale to the public in January, “out of an abundance of caution.”

The lithium-ion battery-powered lights are intended be alternatives to permanent fixtures in places where wiring may be difficult, such as closets, staircases and cupboards.

The products impacted by the recall can be identified by their model numbers: RE1122, RE1145, RE1362 and RE1250.

Some 1.2 million of these lights were sold at hardware and home improvement stores — including Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and Meijer — as well as online at Amazon, and more between October 2017 and January 2024 in the U.S. An additional 37,800 were sold in Canada.

Those in possession of the recalled products are urged to stop using them immediately.

Good Earth Lighting is offering free light replacement bars to impacted consumers.

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