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Safety Agency Renews Trimmer Warning

June 14, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Consumer Product Safety Commission warned Tuesday that a half-million Black & Decker weed trimmers that could pose an electrocution hazard remain in consumer hands, despite an earlier recall.

The safety agency said it issued the new warning because of a lower than expected return rate for the trimmers. ..........................CLARIFICATION......................................

An Associated Press story Tuesday on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s concern that recalled Black & Decker weed trimmers are still in consumer hands failed to give complete information on the devices.

Trimmers involved in the recall are Model 88209 Types 1 and 2 and Model 82210 Types 1 and 2. The AP story failed to list the type numbers.

Several other types of Black & Decker trimmers with the same model numbers are not subject to recall.

The devices were recalled because of potential electrical problem.

Owners of the affected trimmers should contact their nearest Black & Decker service center or call the company at 1-800-533-4395 or the Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772. .............................................................................

Involved are Black & Decker Model 82209 and Model 82210 bump-feed string trimmers used on grass and weeds.

Because of an error in wiring, the electrical wires in some of the trimmers could be cut by the handle tube, causing a potential for electrical shock, the agency said. Four cases have been reported in which users were injured, the commission said.

The trimmers were sold for $24 to $29 starting in 1985. Owners should stop using the trimmers immediately and take them to a Black & Decker service center for repair or replacement.

People needing more information can contact Black & Decker at 1-800-533-4395 or the Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772.

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