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CPSC, Candle-lite Announce Recall of Martha Stewart Everyday® Brand Potpourri Simmering Pots Sold at Kmart

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Recall Date:
June 25, 2002

Recall Details

June 25, 2002
Release #02-185
Candle-lite's Recall Hotline: (800) 718-7151


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Candle-lite, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 80,000 ceramic potpourri simmering pots sold under the Martha Stewart Everyday® Brand. Flames from the tea light candles inside these potpourri pots can flare out of the side ventilation holes, possibly causing burns to consumers.

Candle-lite has received nine reports of tea lights overheating. One consumer received minor burns while attempting to extinguish a tea light.

The recalled potpourri simmering pots are six-sided, white ceramic, three-piece units measuring about 6-inches high. The base is the tea light candleholder. The potpourri pot is placed on the base to heat the potpourri and water mixture inside. The lid to the pot has six holes to allow the heated mixture's aroma to escape. A label on the bottom of the base reads, "MADE IN CHINA."

Kmart sold the pots nationwide from September 2001 through March 2002 for about $5.

Consumers should immediately stop using the pots and call Candle-lite for information on receiving a refund. For more information, call Candle-lite at (800) 718-7151 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or contact the firm at their web site at

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