May 3, 2000
Injuries and Death Prompt Weed Wizard Trimmer Heads Recall
(SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Weed Wizard Acquisition Corp. is
voluntarily recalling about 2.7 million Weed Wizard trimmer heads with metal chains and
about 857,000 trimmer replacement chain sets. The end link of the trimmers metal
chain can rapidly and unexpectedly detach during use, propelling the link into the air at
a high velocity. If the metal link strikes the user or a bystander, it can penetrate skin
and bone, causing injury or death.
Weed Wizard and CPSC have received 47
reports of metal links detaching from trimmers, resulting in 41injuries, including the
death of a 3-year-old girl in Alabama who was struck in the head by a metal link. The
injuries included users and bystanders being struck by metal links in the head, neck,
legs, ankles and feet, resulting in penetration wounds and lacerations.
The Weed Wizard being recalled replaces the string
trimmer head with a metal chain trimmer head on a gas-powered weed trimmer. Only Weed
Wizard trimmer heads with metal chains are part of this recall. They were sold with white
replacement heads and black chains, yellow heads with black chains or yellow heads with
silver chains. There is no writing on the Weed Wizard trimmer heads, but the packaging
reads "Weed Wizard", "The Solution to Trimmer Line Problems",
"Fits 99% of All Gas Trimmers" and "MADE IN U.S.A."
Home centers, mass merchants, discount stores,
hardware stores and television advertisements nationwide sold Weed Wizards with metal
chains from May 1987 through April 2000 for between $19 and $25. The replacement chain
kits were sold from January 1992 through April 2000 for about $8.
Consumers should stop using the Weed Wizards with
metal chains immediately and contact the firm to obtain free plastic replacement blades
and installation instructions. For a free replacement kit, call Weed Wizard toll-free at
(888) 810-7536 anytime, or visit the firms web site at www.weedwizard.com.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 3, 2000.
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