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June 27, 2000

Tanaka America Recalls Hedge Trimmers and Augers

Weed TimmerAuburn, WA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tanaka America, of Auburn, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 hedge trimmers and 1,400 augers. The fuel tank vents on these products can leak, posing a fire hazard.

Tanaka and CPSC have received one report of a hedge trimmer catching fire and causing minor damage. No
Auger injuries have been reported.

The products are orange with black handles and have "Tanaka" and the model number printed on the recoil starter cover. The serial number is located on a label on the side of the engine. The model and serial number ranges are:

Model No. Serial No. Range
THT-2100 T245721 - U2064452
THT-2120 T218561 - U202762
THT-2510 T246071 - U154280
THT-2520 T218761 - U154380
THT-2540 T260826 - U190886

Model No. Serial No. Range
TIA-340 T236911- V067500

Lawn and garden stores and outdoor power equipment dealers sold the hedge trimmers and augers nationwide from September 1998 through September 1999. The hedge trimmers sold for about $370 and the augers sold for about $500.

Consumers with a recalled hedge trimmer or auger should stop using it immediately and return it to any authorized Tanaka service dealer for a free repair. The equipment will be fitted with a redesigned fuel tank. To locate the nearest authorized dealer or for more information, call Tanaka toll-free at (888) 401-3885 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit Tanaka's web site here.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 27, 2000.

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