Fiskars Brands Recalls SmartPower String Trimmers Due to Burn, Fire and Laceration Hazards

Engine vibration during use of the trimmers can cause wear on the fuel line.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2011
Release #11-310
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 495-6645
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Fiskars Brands Recalls SmartPower String Trimmers Due to Burn, Fire and Laceration Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Fiskars® SmartPower™ String Trimmers

Units: About 2,200

Importer: Fiskars Brands, Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Hazard: Engine vibration during use of the trimmers can cause wear on the fuel line, leading to a propane fuel leak. The Straight Shaft Trimmers' propane canister can crack at the neck during use. In addition, high temperatures may develop near the Curved Shaft Trimmers' plastic cutting guard, causing the guard to deform and fall off. These issues pose burn, fire and laceration hazards to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Fiskars® SmartPower™ Propane 4-Cycle Straight Shaft String Trimmer Model 67016935 and SmartPower™ Propane 4-Cycle Curved Shaft String Trimmer Model 67036946. Both trimmers use propane fuel. "SmartPower™" is printed on the lower shaft and near the pull-start handle. "Fiskars®" is printed on the engine cover and on the plastic cutting guard. The trimmers are black, silver and orange.

Sold at: The Exchange stores, also known as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service or AAFES, and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Powerequipmentdirect.com and SureSource.com, from January 2011 to July 2011 for between $220 and $280.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trimmers and contact Fiskars® to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Fiskars Brands toll-free anytime 24 hours a day at (877) 495-6645, or visit the firm's website at www.fiskars.com

Picture of recalled straight shaft string trimmer model no. 67016935

SmartPower™ Propane 4-Cycle Straight Shaft String Trimmer Model No. 67016935

Picture of recalled curved shaft string trimmer model no. 67036946

SmartPower™ Propane 4-Cycle Curved Shaft String Trimmer Model No. 67036946