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November 9, 2005
The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer
Units: About 1,500
Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hazard: On some units, the engine mount springs between the gear case and handle/frame could separate from their receptacle in the frame during heavy operation. Continued use could cause the engine and blades to swing free of the frame and hit the user, possibly causing lacerations.
Incidents/Injuries: Kawasaki Motors has received two reports of engine mount springs separating from the frame. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled hedge trimmers include model numbers KHT600D and KHT750D. The KHT600D has a 24-inch, double-sided blade, and the KHT750D has a 30-inch, double-sided blade. Both models have a gray handle/frame and a red and gray engine, and they can be identified by the model designation located on a label on the recoil starter.
Sold by: A nationwide network of independent Kawasaki Power Product dealers between April and July of 2005. The KHT600D model retails for about $360, and the KHT750D model retails for about $400.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers can contact the nearest Kawasaki Power Product dealer to receive the necessary repairs, free of charge.
Consumer Contact: Call Kawasaki Motors toll-free at (866) 836-4463 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.kawpowr.com/pressreleases/recall_hedge.asp