Black & Decker Recalls Trimmers/Edgers Due to Laceration Hazard

ON July 20, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., announced a voluntary recall of the Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers.

The trimmer/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 also can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

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 also were reports of property damage, including two broken windows.

The Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers are electric-powered. Trimmer/edgers with date codes 200546 through 200645 (representing manufacture dates of Nov. 14, 2005, through Nov. 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 spools caps are included in the recall. Those with orange spool caps are not included in the recall.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. For more information, visit http://www.blackanddecker.com/CustomerCenter/Recalls.aspx.

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