Recall Watch: Hazardous Lawn Trimmers


The summer months are a great time to do lawn work, just make sure your equipment is safe.

More than 700 malfunctions and 158 injuries have been reported from users of a Black & Decker lawn trimmer after parts loosened and became airborne projectiles.

The Black & Decker (Stock Quote: BDK) GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edger’s spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose, posing a laceration hazard to users and bystanders, and could damage property. The trimmers can also overheat, causing a burn hazard.

Consumers have reported bruises, lacerations, 10 incidents that required medical attention and one case of windows broken by the projectiles, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About 200,000 of the trimmers are being recalled.  The recall, originally announced in July 2007, affects trimmers sold for about $70 at home and hardware stores nationwide from November 2005 through January 2007.

Consumers should stop using the devices immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit at (888) 742-9158 or online at

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