Dangerous Products: August 2009 Archives

August 6, 2009

Black & Decker Grasshog XP Trimmer Continues to Cause Injury

Florida residents should check their garages and sheds for the Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP stringer trimmer/edger. According to the recall reannouncement released by Black & Decker on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's website, the defective trimmers' spool caps, spools, and pieces of the string can break off causing lacerations to user and bystanders. The company also warned that the trimmer may overheat and cause burn injuries.

Thus far, there have been nearly 800 reports of the Grasshog XP trimmers breaking and causing over 100 reported injuries. There have also been reports of property damage caused by the trimmer including broken windows. Black & Decker originally announced a recall of the defective trimmers in 2007 but reannounced the warnings after injury reports continued to rise.

The potentially dangerous Grasshog XP trimmers include those manufactured from November 14, 2005 through November 16, 2006 and marked with date codes 200546 through 200645. The trimmers were sold from November 2005 through January 2007 at home center and hardware stores. The defective Grasshog XP trimmers also have black spool caps.

Use of the defective Grasshog XP trimmers should be stopped immediately. Repair kits are available from the manufacturer.

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