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Cabela’s Recall Furry Friend Flashlights - Beamerzzz

Cabela’s Recall Furry Friend Flashlights - Beamerzzz

b2ap3_thumbnail_1Michael_Leavitt_160.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day! On this romantic day it is a bummer for those home inspectors who are used to taking their cuddly stuffed animal friends in the crawlspace with them to both provide protection and light the way. I can think of fellow home inspectors Jim Maass in South Carolina, Mike Campbell in Montana, and Jeff Herboldshimer in Northern California who are all going to be heartbroken. You see, Jim can successfully shoot anything that moves, Mike loves the remote freedoms of Montana living, and Jeff just loves new gadgets. But all three have a fondness for furry stuffed animals, and have since their youth. So how could Cabela’s be so cruel as to sell them trusted stuffed animal friends and then have them recalled immediately without warning? These cuddly flashlights known as Beamerzzz were the greatest reported product on the market for those who followed in the path of Radar O’Reily on MASH when it comes to loving the cushy lovable objects. (See photos below).

QUESTION: What is the risk associated with this recall?

ANSWER: The risk is that the stuffed animal will pull sharp wires out of its left paw and lacerate you. Can you imagine being cut open by your most trusted friend... Oh the betrayal. Cabela’s should be ashamed of themselves for scarring the emotions of the users.

RecallQUESTION: What should you do if your bear, moose, or elephant pulls a sharp one on you?

ANSWER: You should immediately stop using the flashlight and contact the manufacturer to get your money back. There is no discussion of replacement units, but I hope that Jim, Mike, and Jeff are able to replace their furry friends with equal but safe furry friends.

WARNING TO JIM MASS - Unfortunately Jim probably didn’t get this far down the page and he has already set his lovable cuddly friend out in the yard and blown it away with his shotgun... Que pena (What a shame in Portuguese). I can just see the bear’s head flying up high in the air while the body explodes into a puff of fibrous lint... I guess he can’t get his refund now.


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Communications Washington, D.C.

February 13, 2013
Release #13-120
Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 779-9200
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Purr-Fection Stuffed Animals with Flashlights Recalled by MJC Due to Laceration Hazard, Sold Exclusively at Cabela's

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Beamerzzz(tm) Stuffed Animals with LED Flashlight

Hazard: LED flashlight wires can protrude through the stuffed toy, posing a laceration hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Purr-Fection by MJC for a replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: Purr-Fection by MJC at (800) 359-0254 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on the orange product recall tab at the top of the page for more information.

CPSC Recall

Units: About 7,200

Description: The recalled Beamerzzz stuffed toys come with LED flashlights sewn into the left paw. The toys are 12 inches high and come in five animal types. The model number can be found on the hang tag on the left ear. Affected toys are marked with manufacturing code 111208-02 on the sewn in label located in the left rear portion of the toy. The recalled styles are:

Style | Model Number
Baby Moose | 3127FS
Baby Butter Cream Bear | 1229FS
Baby Smoky Black Bear | 1231FS
Baby Deer | 3136FS
Baby Derby Elephant | 1927FS

Incidents/Injuries: One incident was reported involving a consumer who noticed an exposed wire. No injuries were reported.

Sold at: Cabela's stores and online at from September 2012 through November 2012 for about $15.

Manufacturer: Purr-Fection by MJC, Inc., of Tualatin, Ore.

Manufactured in: China



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