|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 685-5449
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Blount International Recalls Replacement Blades Used with Ariens Lawnmowers Due to Laceration Hazard
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: Oregon® Replacement Lawnmower Blades
Units: About 950
Manufacturer: Blount International Inc., of Kansas City, Mo.
Hazard: The replacement lawnmower blades can break during normal use, posing a laceration hazard to the user and bystanders.
Incidents/Injuries: Blount has received seven reports of replacement blades breaking during use. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Blount lawnmower replacement blades for Ariens 48-inch lawnmowers. The replacement blades are sold under the Oregon® brand name. “Oregon®,” part number “91-003” and “PA” or “PJ” are printed on the surface of the recalled blades.
Sold at: Independent lawn and garden sales and service stores nationwide from January 2010 through September 2011 for about $20.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using lawnmowers with the recalled blades and return the blades to the store where purchased or directly to Blount for a free replacement.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact (866) 685-5449 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.blount.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
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