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April 2, 1996

Release # 96-094
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Black & Decker Announce Recall of TR135, 195, 255 Type 1 Hedge Trimmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is announcing the voluntary recall of about 2,000 hedge trimmers. The lock-off device on the hedge trimmer switch may not function properly. The hedge trimmer could be turned on even if the switch is in the "lock- off" position. As a result, consumers could be injured if the hedge trimmer accidently starts up.

Black & Decker has received no reports of injury involving the hedge trimmers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

This program involves Black & Decker's TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, and TR255 Type 1 hedge trimmers. Hedge trimmers subject to this program can be identified by looking at the second line of the product identification label on the right hand side of the hedge trimmer. If it states TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, or TR255 Type 1, and was purchased in February or early March 1996, it is on e of the recalled trimmers.

TR135 Type 2, TR195 Type 2, and TR255 Type 2 hedge trimmers are not included in this recall. Consumers can distinguish between the recalled Type 1 trimmers and the Type 2 trimmers not involved in this recall by referring to the side product identification label. Type 2 units also have a green dot on the bottom right hand corner of the hedge trimmer carton.

No other Black & Decker hedge trimmers or any other products are involved in this program.

Hardware stores and home centers sold the hedge trimmers nationwide in February and early March 1996 for between &29.00 and $39.00.

Consumers who own the TR135 Type 1, TR195 Type 1, or TR255 Type 1 hedge trimmers should return them to a Black & Decker company-owned service center for a free replacement hedge trimmer. To locate the nearest Service Center or for more information about this program, consumers can call Black & Decker at (800) 762-6672.

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 report product hazards to