The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Fiskars Brands, Inc., of Madison, Wis., announced a voluntary recall of about 2,200 Fiskars® SmartPower™ String Trimmers today.
Hazard: Engine vibration during use of the trimmers 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.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: 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. "Fiskars®" is printed on the engine cover and on the plastic cutting guard. The trimmers are black, silver and orange.
Sold at: The Exchange stores, also known as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service or AAFES, and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Powerequipmentdirect.com and SureSource.com, from January 2011 to July 2011 for between $220 and $280.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trimmers and contact Fiskars® to receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Fiskars Brands toll-free anytime 24 hours a day at (877) 495-6645, or visit the firm's website at www.fiskars.com.