The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Shindaiwa, Inc. (Tualatin, OR, U.S.), announced a voluntary recall of the company's gasoline-powered Professional Hedge Trimmers.
According to the company, the retaining bolts on the hedge trimmer's muffler can allow the muffler to come loose from the engine while the hedge trimmer is in operation. A loose muffler can contact and damage the fuel tank creating a fire hazard. Previously, more than 59,000 Shindaiwa hedge trimmers were recalled in October 2003 because of a leaking fuel cap.
Shindaiwa has received 26 reports of mufflers coming loose and damaging the fuel tank, and one report of a fire that resulted in the operator suffering minor burns.
The 30-inch and 40-inch hedge trimmers have red engine covers, a red fuel cap, and a label on the recoil starter that reads "Professional Shindaiwa." The recall includes all double-sided professional hedge trimmer models DH 231 and HT 231 with serial numbers up to 110000. The serial numbers are printed on a nameplate on the engine cover.
The trimmers were sold at Shindaiwa dealers nationwide from January 2001 through November 2003 for between U.S. $369 and $450.
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