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December 15, 1997

Release # 98-044
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Gump's By Mail Announce Recall of Three-Wick Candles

CPSC, Gump's By Mail Announce Recall of Three-Wick CandlesWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gump's By Mail Inc., of Weehawken, N.J., is recalling about 1,960 three-wick candles. The wax candle can generate high flames that present a fire hazard.

Gump's By Mail has received 14 reports of high flames when the melted wax ignited as the candle burned, resulting in 12 reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The three-wick candle is contained in a porcelain blue and white Oriental-style bowl, measuring 5.25 inches wide and 3 inches high. A gold sticker on the bottom of the bowl is labeled, "Andrea by Sadek...Made in Japan." A white sticker on the bottom of the bowl is labeled in part, "Charles Sadek Import Co."

The candle was packaged in a brown cardboard box labeled in part, "Gump's...Style: 91637."

Gump's By Mail catalog sold the candle to consumers nationwide from May 1996 through October 1997 for about $25. Gump's is not the manufacturer of the candle.

Consumers should stop using the candle immediately and return it to Gump's By Mail, Inc. at the Postage Due Unit, U.S. Postal Service, McSherrystown, PA 17344-9998, to receive a refund or credit of the purchase price. The candle should be returned in the porcelain bowl. For more information, consumers should call Gump's By Mail at (800) 338-2670 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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