Products manufactured with inadequate or substandard materials may inadvertently cause extensive injury to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
Fiskars Brands, Inc., of Madison, Wis. has issued a recall of Fiskars® SmartPower™ String Trimmers due to engine vibration during use of the trimmers which 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.
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 with “Fiskars®” printed on the engine cover and on the plastic cutting guard of these black, silver and orange trimmers.
About units 2,200 manufactured in China and sold at The Exchange stores, also known as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service or AAFES, plus online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Powerequipmentdirect.com and SureSource.com, from January 2011 to July 2011 for between $220 and $280.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trimmers and contact Fiskars® to receive a full refund. For additional information contact Fiskars Brands toll-free anytime 24 hours a day at (877) 495-6645, or visit the firm’s website at http://www2.fiskars.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
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 495-6645
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908