Trader Joe’s Issues Urgent Recall for Popular Product Sold Across America Due to Fire Risk

By: Georgia | Published: Jul 05, 2024

Trader Joe’s is recalling its Mango Tangerine Scented Candle nationwide. 

This $3.99 item is creating a stir with its larger-than-expected flame, prompting urgent action to prevent any potential fire hazards.

The Flaw: Unexpected Burn Patterns

Customers have reported an unusual burn pattern in these candles. 

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According to Trader Joe’s, this defect could cause the flame to unexpectedly spread from the wick to the wax, creating a serious fire risk right in your living room.


Got This Candle? Here's What to Do

If you’ve bought the Mango Tangerine Scented Candle, head to any Trader Joe’s for a refund or simply throw it away. 

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The company is making sure these risky candles are off the market and out of homes.

Need More Info? Here’s How to Reach Out

For any questions or concerns about the recalled candles, Trader Joe’s encourages customers to contact their customer relations at (626) 599-3817.

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You can also reach out via their website’s query form.

The Mystery of the Missing Data

How many of these candles were sold? Have there been any related incidents? 

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Trader Joe’s hasn’t released these details, leaving some customers in the dark about the recall’s breadth.

Still Available Online—But at a Price

Although Trader Joe’s has pulled these candles from their shelves, they’re popping up on Amazon. 

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A pair is going for $22.09, quite the markup from the original price, showing they’re still in demand.


A Scary Experience Shared by a Customer

CBS News reports that a worrying tale surfaced in a private Trader Joe’s fan group on Facebook: “Just a PSA I recently bought a Mango Tangerine candle that completely caught on fire after I lit it.” 

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A real-life example of the danger these candles can pose.


Nationwide Reach of Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s isn’t just any store; with nearly 550 locations across 42 states and D.C., it’s a major player. 

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This vast network underscores the scale of the recall and the number of customers potentially affected.


Homegrown Candles Gone Wrong

The affected candles are part of Trader Joe’s domestic lineup of seasonal products

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While the company boasts U.S. manufacturing, details on what went wrong this time are scant.


A Reminder on Candle Safety

This recall serves as an important reminder about candle safety. 

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Always keep an eye on burning candles and ensure they’re far from anything that could catch fire.


How to Get Your Refund

Returning the recalled candle is straightforward.

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Take it back to any Trader Joe’s store for a no-fuss refund, part of the company’s effort to handle this recall efficiently.


Stay Tuned for Updates

Trader Joe’s promises to keep customers updated as new information becomes available. 

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Keeping up with official updates is crucial for staying safe if you’ve purchased any of their candles.