October 16, 2002Target Has Recalled Decorative
- Target Corp. has recalled
about 26,000 ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns. The flame of a candle placed inside
the Jack-O-Lantern could ignite the straw ribbon on the outside, posing fire
and burn hazards to consumers.
Target has received two reports of candles causing smoke and heat at the top
of the Jack-O-Lantern, though no injuries or property damage has been
The recalled ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns are shaped like a pumpkin and are five
inches tall, six inches wide, and three inches deep. The tan colored
pumpkins have an opening in the back and a straw ribbon attached to the stem
of the Jack-O-Lantern. A label attached to the stem of the pumpkin reads,
"OCTOBER HARVEST." The Jack-O-Lanterns were manufactured in China.
Target stores nationwide sold the Jack-O-Lanterns from September 2000
through October 2002 for about $5.
Consumers should immediately stop using the Jack-O-Lanterns and return them
to the Target store where purchased for a full refund. For more information,
call Target at (800) 440-0680 anytime or log on to the company's website at