CPSC and Big Lots Stores Inc. Announce Recall of 233,000 Sets of Tea Light Candles that Pose Fire and Burn Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Big Lots Stores Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, have announced the recall of some 233,000 sets of Harvest Brand Tea Light Candles because the candles can burn with a high flame and melt the plastic holders. This poses a fire and a burn hazard to consumers.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.

The recalled candles were manufactured in China and sold at Big Lots stores exclusively nationwide from July 2005 through October 2005 for about $1.

To date, Big Lots and CPSC have received four reports of incidents, three involve minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled red tea light candles are apple scented and have the brand name “Harvest” on the front packaging. Item number A5023 is written on the bottom of the packaging. The candles were sold in sets of six candles per package.

The tea light candles measure 1½-inches wide by ¾-inch high. Each of the candles comes in a plastic holder.

Consumers should stop using the tea light candles immediately and return them to the nearest Big Lots store for a full refund.

For additional information, consumers can contact Big Lots at (800) 244-5687 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Big Lot’s Web site at www.biglots.com.

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