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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
issued May 3, 2000
Revised June 21, 2001
Release # 00-104
|Recall Hotline: (888) 810-7536 |
Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
Weed Wizard Contact: Kevin McGrath, (212) 245-4577
CPSC, Weed Wizard Acquisition Corp. Announce Recall of Weed Trimmer Heads
With Metal Chains
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Weed Wizard Acquisition Corp., of Bradley,
Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 2.7 million Weed Wizard trimmer heads with
metal chains and about 857,000 trimmer replacement chain sets. The end link of
the trimmer's metal chain can rapidly and unexpectedly detach during use,
propelling the link into the air at a high velocity. If the metal link strikes
the user or a bystander, it can penetrate skin and bone, causing injury or
Weed Wizard and CPSC have received 47 reports of metal links
detaching from trimmers, resulting in 41 injuries, including the death of a
3-year-old girl in Alabama who was struck in the head by a metal link. The
injuries included users and bystanders being struck by metal links in the head,
neck, legs, ankles and feet, resulting in penetration wounds and
The Weed Wizard being recalled replaces the string trimmer
head with a metal chain trimmer head on a gas-powered weed trimmer. Only Weed
Wizard trimmer heads with metal chains are part of this recall. They were sold
with white replacement heads and black chains, yellow heads with black chains or
yellow heads with silver chains. There is no writing on the Weed Wizard trimmer
heads, but the packaging reads "Weed Wizard", "The Solution to Trimmer Line
Problems", "Fits 99% of All Gas Trimmers" and "MADE IN U.S.A."
mass merchants, discount stores, hardware stores and television advertisements
nationwide sold Weed Wizards with metal chains from May 1987 through April 2000
for between $19 and $25. The replacement chain kits were sold from January 1992
through April 2000 for about $8.
Consumers should stop using the Weed
Wizards with metal chains immediately and contact the firm to obtain free
plastic replacement blades and installation instructions. For a free replacement
kit, call Weed Wizard toll-free at (888) 810-7536 anytime.
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about this recall (transcript)
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