Every car should contain a working flashlight for emergencies.

Brite-Strike Tactical Blue-Dot Flashlights

are designed for more than shedding light; they're built to function as weapons for self-defense against would-be attackers.

Originally marketed for law-enforcement use, the flashlights have crenellated "strike crowns" at both ends for inflicting maximum damage on bad guys. The high-intensity light beam can be used to temporarily blind or disorient an attacker (or help in changing a flat tire).

The waterproof flashlight is available from 31/2 to 5 inches long and in light intensities ranging from 90 to 198 lumens. Brite-Strike Tactical Blue-Dot Flashlights start at $100 at

; 1-781-585-5509.

- Judi Dash