The potential dangers of holiday trees are well documented and publicized nationwide and in Colorado. Holiday trees have long made the list of defective household products that can injure and even kill their users. However, keeping the focus on trees may trivialize the dangers of other holiday decorations that could also pose a danger to the public.
For instance, Yankee Candle recently issued a recall of a candle ring decorated with berries and pine. A candle goes into the center of the ring, and the product could potentially catch fire due to its proximity to the open flame of the candle. The affected product has a tag on the underside bearing UPC number 8 86860 02558 8 or 8 86860 06357 3.
The product subject to the recall was sold at Hallmark and Yankee Candle Stores across the country. It was also sold by Yankee Candle from a catalog and online from September through October. Consumers are advised to stop using the candle ring immediately. Consumers may either return the product to a Yankee Candle retail store for a full refund or contact the company for instructions on how to receive a refund.
No injuries have been reported thus far, but the potential obviously exists. If a Colorado resident suffers serious injury or death due to a fire whose cause is traced to use of this product, it may be possible to file a products liability claim against Yankee Candle and others involved in the manufacture and/or distribution of the product. Defective household products cause serious injury and even death to thousands of consumers every year. It is incumbent on product manufacturers to ensure their products are safe for use by customers. When companies fail in that duty, any financial damages sustained could be recovered in a successfully litigated claim.
Source: news-press.com, Fire danger leads to recall of Yankee Candle product, Jackie Winchester, Dec. 20, 2013