|November 9, 2005
CPSC, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Announce Recall of Hedge Trimmers
The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer
Units: About 1,500
Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hazard: On some units, the engine mount springs between the gear case and handle/frame could separate from their receptacle in the frame during heavy operation. Continued use could cause the engine and blades to swing free of the frame and hit the user, possibly causing lacerations.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki Motors has received two reports of engine mount springs separating from the frame. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled hedge trimmers include model numbers KHT600D and KHT750D. The KHT600D has a 24-inch, double-sided blade, and the KHT750D has a 30-inch, double-sided blade. Both models have a gray handle/frame and a red and gray engine, and they can be identified by the model designation located on a label on the recoil starter.
Sold by: A nationwide network of independent Kawasaki Power Product dealers between April and July of 2005. The KHT600D model retails for about $360, and the KHT750D model retails for about $400.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers can contact the nearest Kawasaki Power Product dealer to receive the necessary repairs, free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Call Kawasaki Motors toll-free at (866) 836-4463 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.kawpowr.com
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.
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