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1.2 Million Candles Sold at Walmart Recalled for "Laceration Hazards," Officials Warn

The seasonally scented candles have led to at least one reported injury.

Few small touches can have as significant an impact on a room in your home as having the right candle on hand. Even if you don't have time to clean or tidy up, lighting one up at the end of a long day can be one of the easiest ways to create the perfect relaxing ambiance and fill your home with your favorite scent. Of course, most people know how important it is to keep an eye on any open flame to avoid serious accidents. But now, officials warn that specific candles sold at Walmart have been recalled over "laceration hazards." Read on to see which products are affected and if your home is at risk.

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You might want to check your home for a seasonal candle sold at Walmart.

An orange Mainstays-brand Jack-o'-Lantern scented candle

In a notice posted on Feb. 23, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that New Jersey-based Star Soap Star Candle Prayer Candle had recalled some of its Mainstays Three-Wicked Candles. The products were sold at Walmart stores and on the retailer's website nationwide from Sept. 2022 through Nov. 2022 for about $7.

The affected items are packaged in 14-ounce glass jars with metal lids. The products are approximately four inches long by four inches wide and feature fall and Halloween-themed scents and colors, including Jack-O-Lantern, Mystic Fog, Warm Apple Pie, Warm Fall Leaves, Fall Farm House, Pumpkin Spice, and Magic Potion. The agency says that 1,210,000 units are affected by the recall.

The items have been linked to reports of injury and fire damage.

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The CPSC warns that when lit, the candles' wicks can burn too close to the side of the container. This could cause the glass to break and poses an immediate "fire and laceration hazard."

So far, the agency says there have been 12 reported cases where lit wicks cracked the glass packaging. This includes one instance of a minor cut injury, multiple reports of damage to items near the candles, and one reported fire.

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The CPSC says customers should immediately stop using the recalled candles.

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According to the agency's notice, anyone who purchased the recalled seasonal candles should stop using them immediately. Customers should then reach out to Star Soap Star Candle Prayer Candle so they can receive a full refund for the products.

Shoppers can reach the company through a dedicated recall website or by calling a hotline posted on the CPSC's recall notice. The company emphasizes that customers shouldn't throw the items away until after they receive their refunds, or they will be ineligible.

Other home items have been recently recalled due to safety issues.

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Even though the home is meant to be the safest and most inviting space for anyone who lives there, unexpected safety risks and potential dangers can find their way in through faulty products and appliances. Fortunately, safety regulators stay vigilant for any hazards and alert the public whenever there's a cause for concern—including issuing several recent recalls.

Last month, the CPSC announced that Nevada-based appliance company ZLINE Kitchen and Bath had expanded a previous recall for about 30,000 of its gas oven ranges. The affected items included specific models of its 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch ranges that were sold nationwide at Lowe's, Home Depot, Best Buy, Costco, and other retailers. At the time, the company said it pulled the kitchen appliances from the market after receiving 44 reports of dangerous carbon monoxide emissions from the oven compartment, including three cases in which customers needed medical attention.

The CPSC then announced on Feb. 9 that Swedish furniture store IKEA had issued a recall for some of its OGDER swivel chairs. The move affected roughly 12,000 units. The company said it decided to pull the furniture after discovering that the chair's leg base could break and create fall and injury hazards. At the time the agency announced the recall, there were two reports of customer injuries related to the item.

And on Feb. 23, the CPSC announced that two million Cosori air fryers had been recalled across the U.S., affecting 21 different models of the device. According to the agency's notice, the affected products came in multiple colors and sizes and were sold at major retailers, including Lowe's, Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, eBay, HomeGoods, Kohl's, Macy's, QVC, Staples, and Wayfair, among others. The company cited a wire connection issue as the reason for the recall, saying the kitchen devices "can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards."

Zachary Mack
Zach is a freelance writer specializing in beer, wine, food, spirits, and travel. He is based in Manhattan. Read more
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