Target Recalls 2.2 Million Threshold Candles Over Safety Concerns
Target has issued a recall for 2.2 million of its Threshold-branded candles due to concerns about laceration and burn risks. This alarming decision comes on the heels of information suggesting that the glass jars containing these candles are prone to breaking during use.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a notice on Thursday, warning consumers about these potential hazards. This set of recalled candles includes a variety of fragrances, such as rose petal & lotus, frosted vanilla cupcake, pumpkin spice, and blue agave & cactus, to name a few.
Reports have surfaced of 19 incidents where the glass jars cracked or shattered while the candles were lit, leading to one minor injury. Because of these hazards, the CPSC advises anyone who possesses these recalled candles to stop using them right away. Those affected can return the products to any Target store or send them back by mail to receive a full refund.
Details about the specific candles included in this recall, such as size, fragrance, and item numbers, can be found on the CPSC’s website as well as Target’s designated recall page.
These candles were available for purchase across Target outlets throughout the country and on Target’s official website. The period of sale spans from February 2020 to July 2023, with prices ranging between $3 to $12.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Target’s Threshold candles have come under scrutiny. In May, the retail giant had to recall close to 5 million Threshold candles due to similar safety apprehensions. That recall was accompanied by 137 incidents, including six injuries caused by the candles’ jars shattering, some of which resulted in severe burns.
The connection between the May recall and this week’s announcement remains murky. Although the recent notice points to some different product fragrances and distribution dates, the underlying issue seems consistent.
When products such as candles, which are intended for everyday consumer use, turn out to be potentially dangerous or harmful, affected individuals might contemplate legal action. If an injured consumer decides to file a lawsuit due to damages caused by such defective products, several types of compensatory damages might be pursued, depending on the specifics of their situation. Here are some potential damages that could be pursued:
- Medical Expenses: Costs associated with medical treatment for injuries caused by the defective product. This could include immediate treatments, surgeries, medications, future medical needs, and rehabilitation.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain and emotional distress suffered due to the injury. This could account for ongoing pain, mental anguish, depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress.
- Loss of Earnings: If the injury caused the consumer to miss work or impaired their ability to work in the future, they could be compensated for lost wages and potential future earnings.
- Property Damage: Compensation for any personal property that was damaged or destroyed as a result of the defective product. In the context of the candles, this might cover damages to furniture, walls, or other belongings due to fires or accidents caused by the candles.
- Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the effects the injuries have on the injured person’s relationship with their spouse or family members.
- Punitive Damages: In cases where the company’s behavior is deemed to be particularly negligent or reckless, additional damages might be awarded to punish the company and deter similar behavior in the future.
- Wrongful Death: If a defective product leads to the death of an individual, the family might seek damages for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional suffering.
- Reimbursement for the Product: Refund of the purchase price or replacement with a safe version of the product.
- Legal Fees: If successful, the plaintiff might recover attorney’s fees and other costs of litigation.
Before proceeding with a lawsuit, it’s crucial for potential plaintiffs to consult with a qualified attorney. Legal professionals can provide guidance tailored to the specifics of an individual’s case, ensuring they pursue all applicable damages.
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