December 2, 2003CPSC, Bachtold Brothers Inc. Announce
Recall of Brush Cutters
product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
Name of product: Weed and Brush Cutters
Manufacturer: Bachtold Brothers Inc., of Gibson City, Ill.
Hazard: The operator can come in contact with the rotating blade, even when
disengaged, by pulling on the front of the mower deck while the engine is
running, posing a serious injury hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The company has received eight reports of laceration
Description: The recalled Weed and Brush Cutters have an orange or green
body and include the W-24 models, sold under the Bachtold Whipper, DR Field
& Brush Mower, and B-800 (with a 77-100 deck) brand names. The brand name is
printed on the drive box between the engine and the left wheel. DR
All-Terrain Field & Brush mowers manufactured by Country Home Products are
not included in this recall.
Sold through: The brush cutters were sold through Country Home Products'
catalogues, as well as independent distributors nationwide, from January
1978 through April 2001 for between $950 and $1,600.
Manufactured in: United States.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the units immediately and contact
Bachtold if you have the Whipper or B-800 models or contact Country Home
Products if you have the DR Field & Brush model to receive a free repair
kit. The repair involves the installation of a mechanism that will shut down
the engine if and when the operator takes his/her hands off the handlebar.
Consumer Contact: Call Bachtold Brothers toll-free at (877) 784-5161 between
8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or Country Home Products
toll-free at (877) 595-3668 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday and between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.