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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
|April 10, 2002
CPSC, Country Home Products, Inc. Announce Recall for Repair of Cordless
Electric LawnmowersPRODUCT: Lawn Mower
- Country Home Products, Inc.
of Vergennes, Vt., is voluntarily recalling for repair about 19,700 cordless
electric lawnmowers. The recalled lawnmowers were sold under the DR
Whisperlite name. They have "DR" printed on the top of the red or yellow
plastic housing, and "Whisperlite" on a label on the front of the plastic
housing. The lawnmowers are 30" long without a bag, 38 1/2" high to the
handlebar, and 18" wide with a 14" cutting width. They were sold nationwide from
January 2000 to October 2001, for about $350. PROBLEM:
problem on the lawnmower's circuit board may cause some of the safety functions
to become inoperable. The mower may continue to operate after the Operator
Presence Control Bar is released. The blade also may continue to spin for an
extended period of time after the mower has been shut off. Contact with a moving
lawnmower blade can result in lacerations or serious injury to the hand or
Country Home Products has received up to
300 reports of circuit board failures with one incident resulting in a minor
finger injury.WHAT TO DO:
Consumers with a recalled lawn mower
should immediately stop using the lawnmower. Country Home Products is sending
all registered users of a Whisperlite mower a repair kit. If you have not
received a repair kit by May 1, 2002, please contact Country Home Products toll-
free at (800) 673-1225 Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET to request a free repair kit.