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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 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301)
CPSC and Tanaka Announce Recall of Hedge Trimmers and Augers
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
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
Serial No. Range|
||T245721 - U2064452|
||T218561 - U202762|
||T246071 - U154280|
||T218761 - U154380|
Serial No. Range|
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