December 17, 1996
Release # 97-044
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Importers Announce Recall
of Holiday Candle Holders and Potpourri Simmer Pots
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), two importers are recalling more than 32,000
Santa candle holders and potpourri simmer pots posing fire hazards. The paint on the Santa
candle holders is flammable and the candle accompanying the potpourri simmer pots
generates an excessive flame. An additional importer is issuing a warning about a candle
that poses a potential fire hazard.
The importers participating in this recall are Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., and
New Design Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill. Giftco Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., is the importer
issuing the warning.
Division Sales Recall
Division Sales Inc. is recalling about 10,000
ceramic Santa Claus Candle Holders, item 66539. The holder, measuring 5.5 inches high, has
an opening in the back for a wax candle. The Santa figure is predominantly red and white
with star-shaped openings in the back and front and a label on the bottom that reads,
"MADE IN CHINA." The Santas are holding sacks, lanterns, dolls, cats, or dogs.
The candle holders were sold through dollar-type stores nationwide from October 1995
through November 1996 for about $1. Division Sales is not aware of any injuries involving
these candle holders.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candle holders, and return the
holders to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can
call Division Sales at (800) 621-8134.
New Design Inc. Recall
New Design Inc. is recalling about 22,000
porcelain Potpourri Simmer Pots. The potpourri simmer pots, measuring 5.5 inches high,
come shaped as an angel, santa bear, or snowman.
New Design has received four reports of the candle accompanying the pot flaming
excessively. No injuries have been reported, but three of the reports involved minor
The pots were sold through retail outlets nationwide during the Fall of 1996 for about $3.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pots, and return the pots to the
store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers can call New Design
Inc. collect at (847) 459-5655.
Giftco Inc. Warning
Giftco Inc. is warning consumers about the candles
in 29,000 Candy House Candle Holders. Some of the holders, measuring 4.5 inches high, were
shipped with a defective votive candle that reportedly generates an excessive flame.
The candle holders were sold through various fund-raising organizations nationwide during
the Fall of 1996 for about $10.
Giftco has received two reports of the defective candle setting the candle holder on fire.
No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately discard the votive candle accompanying the candle holder.
Consumers should replace the votive candle with one of the same size and only burn the
candle in its metal holder. For more information, consumers can call Giftco Inc. at (800)
If consumers have questions about these recalls or the warning, they should call the
importers or CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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,
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