The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, today announced the recall and repurchase of approximately 18,000 of its Model No. 8055 19" Battery Powered (Cordless) Lawn Mowers because of a possible fire hazard. The lawn mowers were sold nationwide between 1976 and the present and are orange and white in color.
The company said it wants to recover every mower of that model and is offering refunds to owners.
Black & Decker has received reports of a possible fire hazard associated with the battery used to power the Model No. 8055 Lawn Mower. These reports indicate that under certain circumstances, it is possible for a fire to occur as a result of an unexpected discharge of the lawn mower battery. The discharge occurs when the lawn mower battery is not in use and is either being recharged or is unattended.
Black & Decker will grant a prorated refund to all owners of the Model 8055 Battery 'Powered Lawn Mower and is attempting to locate all owners to inform them of the possible fire hazard and the repurchase program. Black & Decker will mail certified letters to all persons who have informed the company that they own one of the mowers to provide them instructions on how to return the mower and obtain a refund. This recall and refund program applies to every Model No. 8055 Lawn Mower, including those which may have been modified by Black & Decker during the past year.
All owners of the model No. 8055 Battery Powered Lawn Mower who have not received a certified letter from Black & Decker should contact the company immediately by calling (410) 665-7400, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or call the Commission's toll free Hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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