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September 25, 1995

Release # 95-173
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Ryobi Announce Lawn Mower Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ryobi Outdoor Products Inc. (ROP) of Chandler, Ariz., is voluntarily recalling for repair 20,000 battery-powered and corded lawn mowers. The mower's starter button may stick in the 'on' position, and as a result, consumers could be injured by the moving mower blade. ROP has received nine reports of finger laceration injuries that occurred when the starter button was stuck in the on position.

The walk-behind lawn mowers are gray and have a black data plate, which includes the serial number, on the rear of the mower. This recall includes Ryobi Mulchinator Models BMM2400 and CMM1200 with a ten-digit serial number with the last four digits ranging from 9240 through 9352. The lawnmowers were sold nationwide in home and garden centers and hardware stores from January 1993 through 1994 for $350 to $400 each.

Consumers owning the recalled mowers, or those who are unsure if their mower is covered by the recall, should call (800) 345-8746 between 9am-7pm EST Monday through Friday for information on where to take the mower for repair free of charge.

Consumers should always follow instructions in the owners manual and remove the ignition key/circuit breaker or extension cord when the mower is not in use. Under no circumstances should hands or feet be placed under or near the mowing deck when the ignition key or extension cord is plugged in.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to