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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

January 23, 2006
Alert #06-526

CPSC, Country Home Products, Inc. Announce Recall to Repair Cordless Electric Lawnmowers

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: 2005 Model NEUTON Cordless Electric Lawnmowers

Units: About 15,700

Importer: Country Home Products, Inc., of Vergennes, Vt.

Hazard: When the handlebar is released on the recalled lawnmowers, the motor could continue to run, which causes the blade to continue to spin. In addition, there is excessive heat build up in the wire coil inside the housing and also in the safety key.

Incidents/Injuries: Country Home Products, Inc. has received nine total reports of incidents in which the mower and blade did not turn off when the handle was released, causing excessive heat built up in the internal wire brake coil and safety key. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled lawnmowers were sold under the NEUTON name and carry model number EM 4 1 NEUTON printed on the front portion of the lawnmower. The lawnmowers are two shades of green and have a 14-inch cutting width with rear bagging capability. The serial number ranges of the recalled mowers are CE4049212 through CE4054902 and CE4061492 through CE4071541. The serial number can be found by lifting the rear discharge guard of the mower. It is on a sticker on the lower left side of the mower housing.

Sold by: Mail orders, Web sites, and by gas-lawnmower exchange programs and through a small number of outdoor power equipment dealerships nationwide from February 2005 through June 2005 for about $400. NOTE: Not all mowers shipped during this time period are included in the recall. Only mowers within the specified serial number range are included.

Manufactured In: Taiwan

Remedy: Country Home Products, Inc. is sending all registered owners instructions on how to perform the free repair on these mowers.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Country Home Products, Inc. toll-free at (888) 294-5029, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturdays. Consumers also can view and download instructions from NEUTON Mower Equipment's Web site at http://www.drpower.com/CHPContent/Notices/cem_safetyinformation_0602.html

Picture of Recalled Lawnmower