Recall: Big Lots Stores Inc. Recall Tea Light Candles for Fire Hazard

March 1, 2006
Release #06-101
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 244-5687
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Big Lots Stores Inc. Recall Tea Light Candles for Fire Hazard

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.

Name of Product: Harvest Brand Tea Light Candles

Units: About 233,000 sets

Importer/Distributor: Big Lots Stores Inc., of Columbus, Ohio

Hazard: The recalled candles can burn with a high flame and melt the plastic holders. This poses a fire and a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Big Lots and CPSC have received four reports of incidents, three involve minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled red tea light candles are apple scented and have the brand name "Harvest" on the front packaging. Item number A5023 is written on the bottom of the packaging. The candles were sold in sets of six candles per package. The tea light candles measure 1½-inches wide by ¾-inch high. Each of the candles comes in a plastic holder.

Sold at: Big Lots stores exclusively nationwide from July 2005 through October 2005 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the tea light candles immediately and return them to the nearest Big Lots store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Big Lots at (866) 244-5687 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Big Lot's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Candles