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Trader Joe’s Scented Candle Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Trader Joes Scented Candle Recall Due to Fire Hazard Lawsuit compensation lawyer attorney sue

A recall was issued by Trader Joe’s for the company’s Mango Tangerine Scented Candle, which has an “unexpected burn pattern” that can cause the flame to spread from the wick to the wax. This can result in a “larger than expected flame,” which is clearly a fire hazard. For more information on the recall, please contact Trader Joe’s at (626) 599-3817 or click here to send an email.

The company is asking customers to stop using the candles immediately and either throw them away or return it to any Trader Joe’s location for a refund. We agree that this is a reasonable course of action if you have not experienced any problems with these candles. But what if you were injured in an accident resulting from a defective Trader Joe’s candle? If you suffered bodily harm and/or damage to your property, can you sue the manufacturer for monetary compensation?

The product liability lawyers of DTLA are ready to provide you with strong, effective representation in a recalled product accident claim against Trader Joe’s. For more information on your rights as a victim of manufacturer negligence, contact us today.

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What can Cause an Unexpected Burn Pattern in a Candle?

The concept of irregular burn patterns is not familiar to many people who simply enjoy the scent, warmth, and ambience created by an attractive candle. However, this is a very serious problem that can leave you and your loved ones with severe injuries, like burns, nerve damage, permanent scars, and complications from smoke inhalation. In addition, you may end up with substantial property loss or damage from a fire caused by an unsafe candle.

While Trader Joe’s has not specified the cause of the unexpected burn pattern, we know that this problem is commonly associated with the length and placement of the candle wick. There are numerous standards that are recommended to prevent candle-related fires, including trimming the wick to ¼ of an inch above the surface. You may have noticed this before with other candles, but the longer the wick, the taller the flame. This can easily result in localized overheating that causes the temperature to dissipate unevenly. As a result, you may have an “unexpected” burn pattern that creates a wide pool of hot wax or gel.

Another hazard created by overly long wicks is cracking of the container that contains the candle. This is why thick glass is generally the container of choice for candles. But metal containers, like the ones used for Trader Joe’s Mango Tangerine Scented Candle, are perfectly suitable as long as the wick is of the standard length above the wax or gel.

No matter the reason, it’s clear that there is a defect with these candles that Trader Joe’s knew about or should have taken precautions to prevent. That’s why consumers who suffered harm as a result of this product have the right to file a product recall injury claim.

Candle Safety Tips Recommended by Experts

Believe it or not, an average of 21 house fires in the U.S. on a daily bases can be blamed on candles. December is the month with the highest rate of candle-related fires due to the increased usage of candles during the winter holidays. For more statistics on fires caused by candles, check out this fire prevention analysis from the National Parks Service

According to the NPR, U.S. fire departments respond to around 7,510 fires related to candles on an annual basis. Around 81 people every year die from one of these fires, and the amount of property damage is around $278 million.

To minimize the risk of injury to yourself and your loved ones, please take the following measures:

  • Never leave candles burning when you are not home or if there is a chance you may fall asleep
  • Keep flammable objects and substance 12 or more inches away from a flame.
  • Place a dinner plate under the candle to prevent damage to surfaces and ensure even heat dispersion from the candle.
  • In case of a power outage, try to use a flashlight instead of candles.
What to Do if there is an Accident

If you end up having a fire-related accident from using this candle, here are some steps you should take in order to preserve evidence and lay the foundation for a product injury lawsuit:

  • Call 911 if you have severe injuries, as early intervention is critical to minimizing complications from a fire-related injury.
  • If it’s possible, use you phone to capture images of the injuries you sustained and the damage to your home / property.
  • In the event there were witnesses, make sure to ask for written statements or keep a record of their contact information.
  • Make sure to have your injuries treated by a doctor within the first 48 hours, as you want to establish evidence of the harm that was caused by the accident.
  • Contact Trader Joe’s to notify them of the accident, but stick to the facts and do not agree to speak on a recorded line or accept any type of remedy to make up for the incident. In many cases, accepting a refund or another offer of compensation can compromise your right to sue the company.
  • Contact a product liability lawsuit attorney as soon as possible, who can help you gather evidence and represent your interests in a liability claim against the manufacturer.
Can I Join a Class Action Claim?

Yes, you can participate in a class action lawsuit if you were harmed by a product with a known defect, like a candle that has an unexpected burn pattern. Please note that the recall by Trader Joe’s has just been announced as of the writing of this article. That means we are still in the process of locating victims and talking to them about their rights and legal options. We invite you to contact us as well, since the more victims we have, the closer we are to filing a Trader Joe’s candle recall class action claim.

Trader Joes Scented Candle Recall Due to Fire Hazard Lawsuit compensation lawyer attorney sue
How Long Do I have to Sue Trader Joe’s?

Normally, the statute of limitations to sue for injuries caused by a dangerous product is 2 years from the incident date. There are a handful of circumstances that may be approved by the courts to allow for additional time, but extensions are very difficult to obtain. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to contact our law firm if you or a member of your family was harmed due to the safety issues with a recalled Trader Joe’s Mango Tangerine Scented Candle. Our legal team is ready to take immediate action on your case and ensure that you receive maximum payment from a product accident injury claim.

Legal Advice from a Product Recall Lawyer

A fire has the potential to cause injury and death to entire households, and incidents like the recall by Trader Joe’s remind us of the sobering reality associated with negligence by a product maker. As an injury victim, you can turn to us for advice and representation on a personal injury or class action lawsuit against Trader Joe’s.

Our law firm has a Zero Fee Guarantee, which is a contingency fee agreement where all legal fees are covered as a part of your settlement award. That means you pay $0 if you decide to file a claim, as we are paid by the Trader Joe’s as a condition of winning your case. If we are unable to recover your damages, you still pay $0 in legal fees, as we don’t make a penny unless you do.

We look forward to fighting for you and the payment you deserve. Contact DTLA Law Group to schedule a free case review.

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