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Black & Decker Reannounces its Recall of Trimmers/Edgers Due to Increasing Injuries

Aug 5, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Maryland, is reannouncing a previous recall of about 200,000 of its Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just reported.

The Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers were recalled because the trimmer/edger’s spool, spool cap, and pieces of trimmer string can come loose during use and become airborne projectiles, posing a serious laceration hazard to the user, as well as bystanders. The Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers can also overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

At the time of the original announcement in July 2007, Black & Decker received more than 700 reports of incidents, including 58 reports of injuries. The firm has received over 100 additional injury reports; ten required medical attention and minor injuries, such as bruises and lacerations, were involved. There were also reports of minor property damage, including broken windows. The original recall announcement can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07248.html

The Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers, which were manufactured in China, are electric-powered. Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/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.

The recalled Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers were sold at major home center and hardware stores nationwide from November 2005 through January 2007 for about $70.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit. Black & Decker can be reached toll-free at 1-888-742-9158 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Web site at www.blackanddecker.com.


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