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October 15, 1996

Release # 97-005
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC and Candle-lite Announce Recall of Clearfire Candles

WASHINGTON, DC - Candle-lite of Cincinnati, Ohio, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,000,000 Clearfire candles sold primarily during the 1995 Christmas season. The candles could flare up during use, causing the candles' glass holders to overheat and break. Consumers could be burned or injured by broken glass.

Candle-lite is aware of 142 instances of candles flaring-up and glass breaking. Several consumers have been burned by hot gel or cut by broken glass.

The candles are made of a clear, gel-like substance and were available in five styles: red with an apple cider scent, green with a spruce forest scent, clear with a floral vanilla scent, blue with a mulberry scent, and yellow with a sunflower scent. Each candle was packaged in a textured, clear glass jar, shaped like a vase, measuring approximately three inches high.

On the bottom of the glass container a label has a UPC number beginning with "076001" and ending with one of the following numbers:

304737 Diamond Point Red/Apple Cider
304744 Diamond Point Green/Spruce Forest
304959 Reflections Red/Apple Cider
304966 Reflections Green/Spruce Forest
304997 American Whitehall Red/Apple Cider
305000 American Whitehall Green/Spruce Forest
305192 Roly Poly Red/Apple Cider
305208 Roly Poly Green/Spruce Forest
305222 Pineapple Red/Apple Cider
305229 Pineapple Green/Spruce Forest
305878 Pineapple Blue/Mulberry
305885 Pineapple Clear/Floral Vanilla
306892 Pineapple Yellow/Sunflower
307356 Pineapple Red/Apple Cider
307363 Pineapple Green/Spruce Forest
307554 Sherbert Red/Apple Cider
307561 Sherbert Green/Spruce Forest
307745 Pineapple Clear/Floral Vanilla
806712 Heart Red/Apple Cider
806729 Ponderosa Green/Spruce Forest
806750 Reflections Red/Apple Cider
806767 Reflections Green/Spruce Forest

Major discount chain stores sold these candles nationwide from October 1995 through April 1996 for approximately $4.00. Clearfire candles are now sold with a new formula and plastic covers over the top. The Clearfire candles currently in retail stores are not subject to this recall.

Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately, pull out the wick, and then dispose of the gel-like substance. Consumers should remove the UPC label from the bottom of the glass container. In order to receive a $6.00 refund, consumers should mail the wick and the UPC label, along with their name and complete address to: Candle-lite, Post Office Box 42486, Cincinnati, OH 45242. For more information about this recall, contact Candle-lite at (800) 866-6654.

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