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Yankee Candle Recalls 31,000 Candles; Glass Jars Can Crack When Lit

Yankee Candle Recalls 31,000 Candles; Glass Jars Can Crack When Lit

These Glass Jars Can’t Take the Heat; Yankee Candle Recalls 31,000

Every day in the United States there are an average of 25 home fires caused by a candle related accident. Last week, Newell Brands, the owner of Yankee Candle, announced that a new line of their three-wick candles cannot only cause a house fire when knocked over; when lit, the candle, can also crack the square glass jar it is sold in. “Out of abundance of caution,” Yankee Candle posted on Facebook, “we’re having a voluntary recall of our Luminous Candle Collection.”  The recall covers more than 31,000 units that were sold for around $35 each. The containers have reportedly shattered 16 times, posing a risk of laceration and creating a fire hazard, but fortunately no injuries have been announced at the time of the recall.

The Yankee Candle Company Inc., located in South Deerfield, MA, imported the defective jars from Poland and then sold them in the U.S. between September 2016 and November 2016. The faulty units were distributed nationwide through Yankee Candle stores and on their website in six fragrance combinations; Sea Salt & Coral (Item number: 1535651), Blackberry & Sage (1535890), Apple Blossom & Melon (1535891), Sugarcane & Honey (1535892), Pine & Sandalwood (1535893), and Cinnamon & Cedar (1535894). Consumers are being told to check the item number on the bottom of their Yankee Candle jar before use to make sure the product has not been recalled.

The last significant candle related recall came in November 2014, when more than 250,000 DD Brand candles were recalled from Hobby Lobby stores, where they were sold exclusively. Those candles, which were first recalled in April 2014, could “ignite the surface,” causing 29 fires, nine incidents of property damage, and one injury at the time of the recall. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a 120-year old nonprofit “devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire,” between 2009 and 2013 there were 9,300 home fires caused by a candle. Those fires led to 86 deaths, over 800 injuries, and more than $370 million in property damages.

“If you or someone in your household has purchased a Luminous Collection candle, you are encouraged to return it to your nearest Yankee Candle company-owned retail location to receive a full refund plus one free candle of your choice for your inconvenience,” Hope Margala, the President and CEO of Yankee Candle, wrote in a statement.

To contact Yankee Candle call: (877) 803-6890

To locate your nearest Yankee Candle retail location see: http://stores.yankeecandle.com/?_ga=1.36568224.1894477242.1482095521

Playground Slide Severs the Fingers of Two Children; Playworld Recalls 1,300 Slides

Playground Slide Severs the Fingers of Two Children; Playworld Recalls 1,300 Slides

Playground Slide Severs Fingers; Playworld Recalls 1,300 Slides Playworld Systems Inc., a playground manufacturer located in Lewisburg, PA, for more than 40 years, has recalled around 1,300 stainless steel slides after two children tragically lost their fingers. For the past 16 years, the line called the Lightning Slide, was sold across the country to local […]

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NHTSA Reports Another Uptick in Traffic Fatalities: Will Advanced Technology be the Solution or Cause More Problems?

NHTSA Reports Another Uptick in Traffic Fatalities: Will Advanced Technology be the Solution or Cause More Problems?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), US traffic fatalities in the first half of 2016 (17,775) represented a 10.4% increase from those reported in the first half of 2015 (16,100).  The second quarter of 2016 was the seventh consecutive calendar quarter of increases compared to the prior year’s quarter.

What makes these statistics even more alarming is the fact that the 10.4% fatality rise in 2016’s first half far exceeded the 3.3% growth in vehicle miles during that same period.

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Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts: Is There Change Afoot?

Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts: Is There Change Afoot?

The 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) was intended to govern disputes among businesses. Today, however, it is invoked more often in consumer/business disputes. Arbitration clauses, which require contractual disputes to be handled by private arbiters rather than courts and juries, are now buried in form contracts for consumer products and services as diverse as credit cards, nursing home care, employment contracts, and web site purchases.

Often, these contracts bar consumers from collective action or class action suits. Under a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the FAA applies to such consumer/business contracts; affected consumers must take their claims to the arbitration forum, not the courts. So, too, the FAA preempts state laws granting consumers private rights to act individually or as classes in the courts.

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