June 19, 1996
Release # 96-148
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Bath & Body Works Inc. Announce Ceramic
Potpourri Burner Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), Bath & Body
Works Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 18,700 ceramic potpourri burners. The
ceramic potpourri burner may contain hairline cracks that can cause the burner to fracture
or shatter while in use. As a result, people can be burned by hot wax and potpourri.
Bath & Body Works is aware of nine incidents in which the ceramic potpourri burner
cracked, exposing consumers to flames, hot potpourri, and hot wax. Two consumers received
burns to the hands as they attempted to extinguish the flames.
The white ceramic potpourri burner, a cylinder-shaped container measuring 5.5 inches high
and 4.25 inches in diameter, is decorated with various floral designs. To heat the burner,
consumers place candles in a round hole in the back of the potpourri burner.
Bath & Body Works retail stores sold the ceramic potpourri burners nationwide from
April 1995 through April 1996 for approximately $10.
Consumers should immediately stop using the ceramic potpourri burners and return them to
any Bath & Body Works retail store for a refund of the purchase price, plus a $25.00
Bath & Body Works gift certificate. For more information consumers should contact
customer service at (800) 395-1001.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the
unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the
agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for
information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or
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Consumers can report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.