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May 21, 1998

Release # 98-114
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
S.C. Johnson: Cynthia Georgeson
(414) 260-4728

CPSC, S.C. Johnson Announce Recall of Gel Candles from Glade

CPSC, S.C. Johnson Announce Recall of Gel Candles from GladeWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., of Racine, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million Gel Candles from Glade. These candles can burn with higher than normal flames, as high as 3 inches above the container, posing a potential fire hazard.

S.C. Johnson is aware of 11 consumer complaints of the gel candles burning with a high flame. No injuries or damage have been reported.

These 3-oz. Gel Candles from Glade have clear, round glass containers about 2 1/2 inches high that contain a scented, hardened gel. The transparent gel candles were sold in three scents and colors: the Raspberry Field-scented gel candles are red, the Freesia Bouquet-scented gel candles are purple and the Tropical Mist-scented gel candles are blue.

Grocery and retail stores nationwide sold the gel candles between March 1998 and May 1998 for between $2 and $3.

Consumers should immediately stop using these gel candles and dispose of them. S.C. Johnson & Son is offering consumers free, full-value replacement coupons for another candle or a refund. For information on obtaining a replacement coupon or a refund, consumers should call S.C. Johnson (800) 615-4484 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT any day of the week.

Glade candles that burn wax are not subject to this recall.

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