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