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April 14, 1999

Release # 99-096
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, Calvin Klein Cosmetics Co. Announce Recall of Fragranced Candles

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Calvin Klein Cosmetics Co., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling approximately 35,000 fragranced candles housed in tin containers sold in the U.S. These candles can burn with a higher than normal flame, posing a potential fire hazard.

Calvin Klein Cosmetics is aware of eight reports from consumers of the candles burning with a high flame, resulting in one minor burn injury.

These candles were available in two sizes - 2.25 inches high and 1.5 inches high. The large candles were sold separately and in gift sets, while the small candles were given away as samples, gifts with purchases and included in gift sets. The following chart lists the fragrance name written on each candle, and the color of the tin and box.

Small Tin Containers

Fragrance Tin Color Box Color
"OBSESSION for men"
Cream or Gold-tone Cream
"ETERNITY" Silver-tone White
"ETERNITY for men" Silver-tone Dark Gray
"ESCAPE" and
"ESCAPE for men"
Silver-tone Parchment
"CONTRADICTION" Silver-tone Silver-tone

Large Tin Containers

Fragrance Tin Color Box Color
"CK ONE" Silver-tone/khaki label No Box
"CK BE" Black No Box

Major department and specialty stores nationwide sold these candles from July 1998 through April 1999.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately, and return them to the store where purchased. For more information, consumers should call Calvin Klein Cosmetics at (800) 470-4477 anytime.

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