CPSC, Neiman Marcus Announce Recall of "CerArte" Candles

Neiman Marcus received several reports from consumers, including one where these candles sparked and burned so rapidly that hot wax spilled from the candle onto adjoining surfaces. No injuries were reported.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 1999
Release # 00-045
Company Phone Number: 800-685-6695
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, Neiman Marcus Announce Recall of "CerArte" Candles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., is recalling about 5,600 candles with painted metallic surfaces. The painted surfaces on these candles can ignite, spark, burn rapidly, and drip wax, posing a fire hazard.

Neiman Marcus received several reports from consumers, including one where these candles sparked and burned so rapidly that hot wax spilled from the candle onto adjoining surfaces. No injuries were reported.

These painted metallic "CerArte" candles are packaged in clear plastic and have a gold label on the bottom which states "Made in Italy." A Neiman Marcus label is placed on the bottom of the candle too. Neiman Marcus sold 22 different styles of "CerArte" candles through December 22, 1999. The candles sold for approximately $15 to $35.

The "CerArte" candles come in many shapes, including Christmas Ball, Criss-Cross Pillar, Fleur De Lys Pillar, Swirl Cone, Swirl Egg, Gift Box, Tear Drop, Criss-Cross Taper, Fleur De Lys Taper, Joker, Kiss, Christmas Tree, and Jolly Jester.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to any Neiman Marcus store for a refund. For more information, call Neiman Marcus at 800-685-6695.

These same candles may have been sold at other retail stores.