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CPSC, Shindaiwa Inc. Announce Recall of Gas-Powered Hedge Trimmers

Jun 8, 2005 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Shindaiwa Gas-Powered Professional Hedge Trimmers

Units: About 25,000.

Importer: Shindaiwa Inc., of Tualatin, Ore.

Hazard: The heat from the hedge trimmer’s muffler can damage the fuel tank, cause a fuel leak and create a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Shindaiwa has received 10 reports of fuel tanks leaking. Two small fires were reported, resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Shindaiwa Gas-Powered Professional Hedge Trimmers are available in both 30-inch and 40-inch sizes. The products have red engine covers, a red fuel cap and a label on the recoil starter that reads "Professional Shindaiwa." The recall includes all single and double-sided gas-powered professional hedge trimmer models DH231 and HT231 with serial numbers 1010000 through 5050000. The serial number is printed on the engine cover.

Sold At: Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from January 2001 through April 2005 for between $389 and $449.

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