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CPSC, Calvin Klein Cosmetics Co. Announce Recall of Fragranced Candles

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Recall Date:
April 14, 1999

Recall Details


Company Phone Number: (800) 470-4477 

April 14, 1999


Release # 99-096

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Calvin Klein Cosmetics Co., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling approximately 35,000 fragranced candles housed in tin containers sold in the U.S. These candles can burn with a higher than normal flame, posing a potential fire hazard.

Calvin Klein Cosmetics is aware of eight reports from consumers of the candles burning with a high flame, resulting in one minor burn injury.

These candles were available in two sizes - 2.25 inches high and 1.5 inches high. The large candles were sold separately and in gift sets, while the small candles were given away as samples, gifts with purchases and included in gift sets. The following chart lists the fragrance name written on each candle, and the color of the tin and box.

Small Tin Containers

FragranceTin ColorBox Color
"OBSESSION for men"
Cream or Gold-tone Cream
"ETERNITY" Silver-tone White
"ETERNITY for men" Silver-tone Dark Gray
"ESCAPE" and
"ESCAPE for men"
Silver-tone Parchment
"CONTRADICTION" Silver-tone Silver-tone

Large Tin Containers

FragranceTin ColorBox Color
"CK ONE" Silver-tone/khaki label No Box
"CK BE" Black No Box

Major department and specialty stores nationwide sold these candles from July 1998 through April 1999.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately, and return them to the store where purchased. For more information, consumers should call Calvin Klein Cosmetics at (800) 470-4477 anytime.

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