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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2000
Release # 00-132
Tanaka Recall Hotline: (888) 401-3885
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076

CPSC and Tanaka Announce Recall of Hedge Trimmers and Augers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tanaka America, of Auburn, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 hedge trimmers and 1,400 augers. The fuel tank vents on these products can leak, posing a fire hazard.

Tanaka and CPSC have received one report of a hedge trimmer catching fire and causing minor damage. No injuries have been reported.

The products are orange with black handles and have "Tanaka" and the model number printed on the recoil starter cover. The serial number is located on a label on the side of the engine. The model and serial number ranges are:

HEDGE TRIMMERS

Model No.
Serial No. Range
THT-2100 T245721 - U2064452
THT-2120 T218561 - U202762
THT-2510 T246071 - U154280
THT-2520 T218761 - U154380
THT-2540 T260826 - U190886


Hedge Trimmer Hedge Trimmer



AUGER

Model No.
Serial No. Range
TIA-340 T236911- V067500


Auger


Lawn and garden stores and outdoor power equipment dealers sold the hedge trimmers and augers nationwide from September 1998 through September 1999. The hedge trimmers sold for about $370 and the augers sold for about $500.

Consumers with a recalled hedge trimmer or auger should stop using it immediately and return it to any authorized Tanaka service dealer for a free repair. The equipment will be fitted with a redesigned fuel tank. To locate the nearest authorized dealer or for more information, call Tanaka toll-free at (888) 401-3885 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit Tanaka's web site at http://www.tanakapowerequipment.com/recall.htm.