From the “Department of DUH”…..

News from CPSC – Recalls
The following recalls are contained in today’s email:
1) IKEA Recalls Candles for Fire and Burn Hazards

Ok people, really? Candles pose a fire and burn hazard? Wow. I had no idea…
Are we at such a level of basic life retardation that recalls such as this are necessary? I was always taught to never leave an open flame unattended (who knows WHAT kind of trouble they’d get into… probably involve a drink with an umbrella to be sure…). Seriously though, I don’t leave any candle unattended. It is just common sense…
Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy the CPSC puts out these voluntary recall notices, even if close to 99.99% of all notices do not affect me in any way. But really, this one just seems to go too far.

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: Outdoor Candles
Units: About 133,000 packages of six candles
Manufacturer: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Hazard: The candle’s wax can catch fire causing a high flame and posing a fire and burn hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received 16 reports of incidents involving flaring of the outdoor candles, seven of which involved minor burn injuries.
Description and Models: The recall involves the ANGAR (#200.301.24) and SAMLAS (#100.999.58) outdoor candles. The candle’s container is made of silver-colored metal and measures about four inches wide by two inches high. The container is filled with white wax. The candle’s wick is about ½ inch square and is made of brown fiberboard. They were sold in packages of six candles. The candle name and article number (#) is written on the instructions for use accompanying the candles.

Sold exclusively at: IKEA stores nationwide from February 2001 through July 2005 for about $4.

Manufactured In: Estonia

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately and return them to the nearest IKEA store’s “Returns and Exchanges” department for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact IKEA at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at

To view this recall online, please visit our website at:

5 thoughts on “From the “Department of DUH”…..

  1. “The candle’s wick is about ½ inch square and is made of brown fiberboard”

    Isn’t that what 99.99% of their furniture is made out of?

    I highly suggest you use the link to see what the candles look like. I guess they had to do something with all the returns of defective product. They found the only other use for their furniture – burning.


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