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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 1998

Release # 98-119
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, RJS Inc. Announce the Recall of Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candles

CPSC, RJS Inc. Announce the Recall of Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred CandlesWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RJS Inc., of Port Washington, N.Y., is conducting a recall of 1,222 Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candles. These candles present a fire hazard because their flasks can overheat and burn with high flames.

CPSC and RJS have received two reports from consumers that the candle displayed high flames and the leather wrap melted, which resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred Candles are silver votives that have a saddle-brown-color leather wrap sleeves, and are filled with yellow wax. They have item code RLT027 on their packaging. The packaging is a multicolored brown and green paisley paper box with clear front cover, green ribbon and hangtag. A hang tag is attached to the packaging showing a horse and rider scene. There also are use instructions located in the box.

Major department stores and specialty stores, including Polo, Bloomingdales and Saks 5th Avenue, nationwide have sold these candles between September 1995 and April 1998 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately, and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, consumers should call RJS Inc. at (800) 228-5942 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EDT 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 info@cpsc.gov.

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