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
WASHINGTON, 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)
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