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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 1996

Release # 97-011
CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC and Russ Berrie and Company Announce Halloween Hand Candle Recall

CPSC and Russ Berrie and Company Announce Halloween Hand Candle RecallWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Russ Berrie and Company Inc. of Oakland, N.J., is recalling about 67,600 hand- shaped, five wick Glowing Gore Halloween candles and about 17,600 hand-shaped, five wick Dem Bones Halloween candles. The hand-shaped wax candles generate high flames that may present a fire hazard.

The Dem Bones and Glowing Gore wax candles are hand shaped with five fingers each having individual wicks. The candle flames may reach 10 inches high as the candles melt down to the palm with the wicks of the five fingers burning together Russ Berrie and Company has received no reports of excess flames or injuries associated with the Glowing Gore and Dem Bones Halloween candles. This recall is being conducted to prevent injuries and fires.

The hand-shaped Glowing Gore wax candle is skin-toned and red colored with candle wicks in each finger. The Dem Bones wax candle is pale green and dark green colored with candle wicks in each finger. Both candles are 7.5 inches high with labels on the plastic wrapping under the hand reading either, "DEM BONES ...DRIPPING OOZE CANDLE," or "GLOWING GORE ...DRIPPING BLOOD CANDLE."

Speciality gift stores, drug stores, and some grocery stores sold the candles nationwide (the Glowing Gore wax candle from March 1994 to October 1996 and the Dem Bones candles beginning March 1996) for about $6.

Consumers should immediately stop using the hand shaped Glowing Gore and Dem Bones five wick wax candles and return them to the place of purchase for a refund of the purchase price. For more information consumers should call Russ Berrie and Company Inc. at (800) 272-7877.

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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