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CPSC, Boscov's Department Stores Announce Recall of Christmas Windmills

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Recall Date:
August 19, 1998

Recall Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (610) 370-3912

August 19, 1998

 

Release # 98-152

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Boscov's Department Store Inc., of Reading, Pa., is recalling approximately 19,000 Christmas windmills with candles. The candles are too close to the wooden structure of the windmill, and can cause the product to catch on fire.

Boscov's stores report one incident where the windmill caught on fire. No injuries were reported.

The windmill decoration is an "A" framed windmill building structure with a nativity scene on a turntable. It is pine, with a green roof and red trim. The fans of the windmill are printed with red stars. Candles are positioned in the four corners, which when lit, are designed to generate heat to turn the fan. The decoration comes in a mostly red box with a photo of the decoration on the front and back. The box includes the words, "14" H Pine Wooden Windmill. . . MADE IN CHINA."

Boscov's stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York sold the windmill decorations between September 1996 and July 1998. The windmills were a promotional item sold for about $3 with a $10 purchase.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately, and return it to any Boscov's store for a refund. For more information, contact Boscov's at (610) 370-3912 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or write to Boscov's, 4500 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606.

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