|August 1, 2006
Troy-Bilt String Trimmer Sold at Lowe's Recalled for Laceration Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily 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: Troy-Bilt 4-Cycle Gasoline String Trimmers
Units: About 20,000
Importer: MTD Southwest Inc., of Tempe, Ariz.
Hazard: The blade that trims the excess string of these weed trimmers can detach from the plastic shield covering the trimmer head. The blade can be thrown outward, hitting the user or bystander, resulting in a laceration.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Description and Models: The recalled handheld string trimmer is powered by a 4-cycle gasoline engine. The trimmer functions to cut grass or weeds through the use of a spinning yellow trimmer head containing a spool of orange filament line. Model numbers TB425CS and TB525CS and "Troy-Bilt" are printed on the body of the muffler housing.
Sold at: Lowe's stores nationwide from January 2006 through March 2006 for about $170.
Manufactured In: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the trimmers immediately and contact Troy-Bilt for a free repair. Lowe's will mail free repair kits with instruction to owners of registered equipment directly.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Troy-Bilt toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.troybilt.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.
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.
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