CSA International and Black & Decker announce a voluntary recall of Trimmers/Edgers due to laceration hazard

In cooperation with CSA International, Black & Decker (U.S) Inc., of Towson, MD, is voluntarily recalling approximately 220,869 Black & Decker GH1000/GH1000-CA Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers. The affected units were sold at home center and hardware stores nationwide from November 2005 through January 2007 for approximately $70. In some cases, the trimmer’s/edger’s spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose during use and become airborne projectiles, posing a laceration hazard to the user as well as bystanders. The trimmer/edgers may also overheat posing a burn hazard to consumers. Consumers should stop using the string trimmers/edgers immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit.

Black & Decker has received 707 reports of incidents, including 58 reports of injuries. Serious injuries included cuts to two consumers’ legs that required medical attention. Minor injuries included bruises, lacerations and facial injuries such as a welt and broken skin over a consumer’s eye. There were also reports of property damage, including two broken windows.

Black & Decker GH1000/GH-1000-CA Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers are electric-powered. Trimmer/Edgers with date codes 200546 through 200645 (representing manufacture dates of November 14, 2005 through November 6, 2006) are included in this recall. The date code is located on the underside of the trimmer/edger’s handle. Only trimmers with black spool caps are included in the recall. Those with orange spool caps are not included in the recall.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Black & Decker toll-free at 1-888-742-9158 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at  www.blackanddecker.com

About CSA International

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes; and OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services. CSA International can be found online at www.csa-international.org.

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Identifiable markings for recalled Black & Decker GH1000/GH1000-CA Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers.



Anthony Toderian
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