August 19, 1998
Release # 98-152
|CPSC CONTACT: Yolanda
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219
CPSC, Boscov's Department Stores Announce
Recall of Christmas Windmills
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Boscov's Department
Store Inc., of Reading, Pa., is recalling approximately 19,000 Christmas windmills with
candles. The candles are too close to the wooden structure of the windmill, and can cause
the product to catch on fire.
Boscov's stores report one incident where the windmill caught on fire. No injuries were
The windmill decoration is an "A" framed windmill building structure with a
nativity scene on a turntable. It is pine, with a green roof and red trim. The fans of the
windmill are printed with red stars. Candles are positioned in the four corners, which
when lit, are designed to generate heat to turn the fan. The decoration comes in a mostly
red box with a photo of the decoration on the front and back. The box includes the words,
"14" H Pine Wooden Windmill. . . MADE IN CHINA."
Boscov's stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York sold the
windmill decorations between September 1996 and July 1998. The windmills were a
promotional item sold for about $3 with a $10 purchase.
Consumers should stop using this product immediately, and return it to any Boscov's store
for a refund. For more information, contact Boscov's at (610) 370-3912 between 9 a.m. and
5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or write to Boscov's, 4500 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA
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