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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 1996

Release # 96-148
CPSC: Nychelle  White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Bath & Body Works Inc. Announce Ceramic Potpourri Burner Recall

CPSC, Bath & Body Works Inc. Announce Ceramic Potpourri Burner RecallWASHINGTON, 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 CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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