January 24, 2002
Value City, Schottenstein Stores Have Recalled Gel Candle Kits
-Value City and Schottenstein stores
have recalled about
2,300 children's gel candle kits. When burned, the gel candle can melt the
plastic candleholders included with the kit, posing a fire hazard to
CPSC has received two reports of consumers claiming the plastic candleholder
melted and started a fire. One report involved substantial damage to the
consumer's home, and a consumer reportedly suffered burns to his hands and
feet. The other report involved minor damage to furniture.
The Gel Candles kit includes four bags of gel chips in bright colors, wicks,
glitter, two glass holders, and two plastic candleholders. The candleholders
are in the shapes of a bumblebee and a dragonfly, or a tulip and a daisy.
The gel is scented in fruit flavors. The kits have model numbers "3041" or
"3042" written on the box. Other writing on the box includes, "Express
Ways!™ Gel Candles." "Scent- sational Colored Gel!" and "AGES 8 AND OLDER."
Value City and Schottenstein discount stores nationwide sold these gel
candle kits from July 2001 through December 2001 for about $4.
Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to the
store where purchased for a refund. For more information, call Value City at
(888) 870-9181 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to
the firm's web site at www.valuecity.com.