Target recalls 5 million candles after customers reported burns

Target is forced to recall five million candles after SIX customers reported injuries including severe burns and lacerations because glass jars cracked

  • The store received 137 reports of faults with the jars which easily crack
  • The fault resulted in severe burns and lacerations for some customers
  • It comes after Target received criticism today for selling ‘tuck-friendly’ bathing suits believed to be aimed at children

Target has been forced to recall almost five million candles after customers suffered severe burns due to the glass jar cracking.

A notice from the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday said Target had received 137 reports of faults with the jars.

Some six injuries – including lacerations and severe burns – were reported.

The recall affects Threshold-branded glass jar candles which are sold in multiple sizes and various scents – including water mint and eucalyptus, apple blossom and breeze and warm cider and cinnamon, among others.

Consumers with the recalled Threshold products should ‘should immediately stop using’ them, Thursday’s notice said. 

Target is recalling almost five million Threshold candles, pictured, over laceration and burn hazards

Consumers with the recalled Threshold products should 'should immediately stop using' them, Thursday's notice said

The candles can be returned to any Target store or by mail for a full refund.

Details on the size, scent and item numbers of the candles are listed on the CPSC website and Target’s recall page.

The recalled Threshold products were sold exclusively in Target stores and on the Minneapolis-based retailer´s website from August 2019 through March 2023. 

Sale prices range from $3 to $20, the CPSC said. Some 4.9 million products were recalled.

‘Target is committed to providing high quality and safe products to our guests.’ Target spokesperson Joe Unger said in a statement, urging customers owning ‘any items that have been recalled’ to return them for a full refund.

It comes after the retailer received criticism for selling a 'tuck-friendly' swimsuit is sold online for $40 in the adults section

It comes after the budget retailer received criticism for selling ‘tuck-friendly’ bathing suits as part of its Pride collection.

The collection includes items for babies and children and appear in sections set up for Pride month in June.  

The garments include a label which advertises the ‘tuck-friendly construction’ and ‘extra crotch’ coverage. The design is made to help conceal a person’s private parts.

The item is listed on Target’s website for $40 in the ‘Pride Adult Clothing’ section. Critics have claimed the item is also available to children. 

Target has been approached for comment and asked to clarify the claim.


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