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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Pottery Barn Announce Recall of Halloween Candleholders
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Carlisle Co. Announce Recall of Snake Lights


Pottery Barn, of San Francisco, California, is voluntarily recalling about 11,500 Halloween tree tea-light candleholders. There have been reports that some tea-light candles burning in the candleholder could flare up, posing a fire hazard and a risk of burn injuries to consumers.

The black wire "Scary Tree Tea-Light Holder" is about 18-inches high. The tree branches hold six tea-light candles in orange glass pots. The candleholder is made in China.

Pottery Barn stores, web site and catalogs sold the candleholders nationwide from August 2002 through early October 2002 for about $29.

Consumers should immediately stop using the candleholders, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange. Consumers who purchased the candleholder from the catalog or web site should call to arrange product return and refund, including the cost of postage. For more information, consumers should call Pottery Barn toll-free at (800) 699-0449 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday, or visit their web site at

The CPSC point of contact is Yolanda Fultz-Morris, release number 03-015, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at


The Carlisle Co. Inc., of Carson City, Nevada, is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 snake lights. The circuit board in the lamps can overheat and melt the plastic housing, posing a fire or thermal burn hazard to consumers.

The recalled lights were made in China and have the model number 8311, which can be found on the package. The blue, red, green, or multi-colored lights are about 17 inches in height and have a curved, colored piece of glass (the bulb) that inserts into a black base. When the snake light is turned on it gives off the appearance of "lightning" running through the lamp and into the bulb. "Snake Light" is written on the bottom of the light.

Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants nationwide provided the lights as a redemption prize from July 2002 through September 2002.

Consumers should stop using these lights immediately, unplug them, and return them to any Chuck E. Cheese restaurant for a replacement prize of the same value. Consumers also can call the Carlisle Co. at (800) 233-3931 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

The CPSC point of contact is Scott Wolfson, release number 03-028, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), (e-mail), Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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