I almost did a spit-take when I read this one. A recall has been issued for over 7 million candles because of a risk that the cup that holds the candle could catch fire.
The brands Chesapeake Bay Candle and Modern Light were sold at Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods and other stores between July '09 and February of this year. They were produced in a wide range of different scents, shapes and designs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has said that the candles could burn and ignite the cup, which, mind you, is plastic. So far, no injuries, burned houses or scorched ants have been reported.
A plastic cup holding a candle could melt? Where was the quality check on this? Better yet, how come this idea didn't get nixed when it was put up on the whiteboard in the design meeting? "Hey, Bill, I've got a great idea to cut costs on these candles. We'll use the same plastic we wrap the candles in and make cups out of it to hold the candle! It's brilliant!"
Hopefully the designer will get fired... and beaten. Also, I'd like to point out that the Halloween series of this candle features a skull and crossbones.