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Mowers, Electrical Cords Recalled

October 10, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Power mowers, electrical cords and hockey face guards are being recalled due to safety problems, the government said Tuesday.

Reports of broken blades stirred Lawn-Boy Inc., of Bloomington, Minn., to recall about 102,000 Lawn-Boy power mowers sold from February 1998 through August of this year.

The mowers’ blades can crack and break off, flying out from the machine. The problem stems from wear caused by the mulch fan. The company received eight reports of broken blades on the $400 to $600 mowers; one such mishap caused a lacerated shin.

``Consumers should stop using these recalled mowers immediately,″ said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The three recalls were done in cooperation with the agency. The CPSC noted in another statement that consumers also ``should stop using the extension cords and cord reels immediately.″

Some 500,000 outdoor extension cords and 19,000 cord reels are being recalled by Woods Industries Inc., of Carmel, Ind. The company received three reports that plastic housing around the locking plugs, designed to conceal live wires, had separated or broken, creating a risk of shock or electrocution. There were no reports of injuries.

After a report of a hockey face guard becoming dislodged from a helmet, I-Tech Sport Products, Inc., of Montreal, Canada is recalling 1,000 hockey face guards that attach to helmets. If the helmet is dislodged, a person’s face is exposed to possible injury.

For the mowers, the recalled products are two-cycle, walk-behind, 21-inch machines that are part of the Lawn-Boy Silver Pro and Gold Pro Series. Labels for the Silver Pro are on the right rear of the mower’s housing, and for the Gold Pro beneath the handle control panel.

Those being recalled have a serial number from 8900001 to 8999999, and one of the following model numbers: 10247; 10250; 10323; 10324; 10331; 10332; 10424; 10425; 10525; 10527; 10547; 10548.

Lawn-Boy Inc. plans to mail repair kits to consumers who registered their mowers. The kits include a new mower blade and modified mulching fans. Consumers who receive the kits can have the work done for free at local Lawn-Boy service dealers.

The $12 to $35 electrical cords being recalled by Woods Industries are equipped with its trademark LockJaw locking plug that are either red, green or yellow. Those with a gray locking button on the side of the plug are not being recalled.

The recalled cord reels are 30 feet long and sold under the ``Woods’ ACDelco″ or ``LumaPro″ brand names. The extension cords and cord reels, sold through July and since January 1996, come with both two-prong and three-prong plugs.

For the hockey face guards, only those with ``OPTECH System,″ written on the black side clips, which lock on the plastic eye shield, are part of the recall. The company name, ``ITECH,″ is displayed at the top center of the plastic eye shield, on the chin guard and on the chin guard strap. The model number, ``FX 50,″ is written on the packaging.

Lawn-Boy’s recall hot line is 1-800-444-8676. Woods’ recall hot line is 1-888-755-6535.


On the Net:

Lawn-Boy: http://www.lawnboy.com.

Woods Industries: http://www.woods.com.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov.

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