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CPSC, Target Corp. Announce Recall of Birch/Bark Candles

Note: Updated statistics and dates sold, and new brand included. 

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Recall Date:
June 24, 2005

Recall Details


Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680 

February 15, 2005


Release # 05-207

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Birch and Bark Candles

Units: About 256,000 

Manufacturer: Target Corp., Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The birch and bark surrounding the candles can ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 24 reports of the birch and bark candles catching fire and six reports of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled candles were sold individually wrapped in a ribbon on a plate. This recall also includes candles sold in boxed sets of three candles under the Restore & Restyle brand. The candles are cream in color and were sold in sizes 3-by-3 inches, 3-by-6 inches, 4-by-6 inches and 6-by-6 inches.

Sold at: Target stores nationwide from September 2004 through March 2005 between $6 and $15.

Manufactured in: China 

Remedy: Consumers should return the candles to the nearest Target store to receive a gift card from Target in the amount of $15, plus applicable state taxes.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

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