|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Media Relations
|April 2, 1996
Release # 96-094
CPSC and Black & Decker Announce Recall of TR135, 195, 255 Type 1 Hedge Trimmers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is announcing the voluntary recall of about 2,000 hedge trimmers. The lock-off device on the hedge trimmer switch may not function properly. The hedge trimmer could be turned on even if the switch is in the "lock- off" position. As a result, consumers could be injured if the hedge trimmer accidently starts up.
Black & Decker has received no reports of injury involving the hedge trimmers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
This program involves Black & Decker's TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, and TR255 Type 1 hedge trimmers. Hedge trimmers subject to this program can be identified by looking at the second line of the product identification label on the right hand side of the hedge trimmer. If it states TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, or TR255 Type 1, and was purchased in February or early March 1996, it is one of the recalled trimmers.
TR135 Type 2, TR195 Type 2, and TR255 Type 2 hedge trimmers are not included in this recall. Consumers can distinguish between the recalled Type 1 trimmers and the Type 2 trimmers not involved in this recall by referring to the side product identification label. Type 2 units also have a green dot on the bottom right hand corner of the hedge trimmer carton.
No other Black & Decker hedge trimmers or any other products are involved in this program.
Hardware stores and home centers sold the hedge trimmers nationwide in February and early March 1996 for between $29.00 and $39.00.
Consumers who own the TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, or TR255 Type 1 hedge trimmers should return them to a Black & Decker company-owned service center for a free replacement hedge trimmer. To locate the nearest Service Center or for more information about this program, consumers can call Black & Decker at (800) 762-6672.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.