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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
September 19, 2002
|Black & Decker's Recall Hotline: (866) 229-5570
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
CPSC, Black & Decker Announce Recall of Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is
voluntarily recalling to repair about 140,000 cordless electric lawn mowers. An
electrical component in the lawn mower can overheat, posing a possible fire
Black & Decker has received 11 reports of electrical
components overheating. One of these resulted in a minor hand burn and nine
resulted in reports of minor property damage extending beyond the
The mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and
Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker cordless electric lawn
mowers have the model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R and date codes from 9534
through 200230, both of which are located on the silver and black label affixed
to the rear door of the mower. The lawn mowers have either an orange or green
deck cover with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Black &
Decker" and "Cordless" on top of the motor cover.
mowers, which were sold at Sears, have model number 900.370520 and include all
date codes. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to
the rear door of the mower. The Sears lawn mowers have a dark green deck with a
black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Craftsman" and "24 Volt
Cordless" on top of the motor cover.
Home centers, hardware and discount
stores nationwide sold the Black & Decker lawn mowers from February 1996
through August 2002 for between $360 and $400. Craftsman-brand mowers were sold
at Sears stores nationwide from January 1998 through December 2000 for between
$360 and $400.
Consumers with either brand recalled lawn mower should
stop using it immediately. Black & Decker mower owners should call Black
& Decker toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday, or log onto the company's web site at http://www.blackanddecker.com/CustomerService/DocumentView.aspx?DOC_ID=CS_SA_Default
to receive information on the free repair.
Craftsman mower owners should
take their mower to the nearest Sears store or Sears product repair center for a
Black & Decker recalled 1,300 cordless electric mowers
with model number CMM1000R on January 23, 2002. For more information about that
recall, contact Black & Decker at the toll-free number listed above.