Product Liability

Black & Decker re-issues trimmer-edger recall

Black & Decker, Inc. of Towson, Maryland, and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission have re-announced a recall of approximately 200,000 defective Grasshog XP Trimmer/Edgers (weed whackers, weed eaters) due to the risk of laceration and burn hazards they pose.

Black & Decker and the CPSC originally announced the recall in July 2007 after the manufacturer received more than 700 reports of the defective trimmers, 58 of which involved injury. Black & Decker continues to receive reports of the trimmers malfunctioning since the original recall. More than 100 new incidents have been reported by consumers, 10 of which involved injury requiring medical attention. Injuries cited in the reports included bruises and lacerations. Minor property damage, including broken windows, was also reported.

According to the CPSC, the trimmer / edger’s black spool, spool cap, and pieces of trimmer coil can detach from the machine during use, becoming airborne projectiles with the potential to cause serious injuries to the users and anyone in the immediate vicinity. The machines can also overheat and burn anyone using them. Black & Decker urges customers who own one of the defective machines to stop using it immediately and call for a repair kit.

The Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmers/Edgers are electric-powered and are labeled with date codes 200546 through 200645 (representing manufacture dates of November 14, 2005 through November 6, 2006). The codes are located under the trimmer/edger’s handle. Only trimmers with black spool caps are included in the recall. Those with orange spool caps have already been repaired and are not included in the recall.

The trimmer/edgers were made in China and sold in home and hardware stores nationwide from November 2005 through January 2007. They retailed for about $70.

Consumers should contact Black & Decker for additional information by calling the company toll-free at (888) 742-9158 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or by viewing the recall information online by clicking here.