Black & Decker Fined $960K by CPSC
Black & Decker has been fined nearly $1 million for failing to report injuries and problems associated with their Grasshog XP weed trimmers. There were 700 incidents and 58 laceration and burn injuries reported by the time Black & Decker finally recalled 200,000 of the trimmers in 2007.
Grasshog XP Weed Trimmers
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were a total of 158 injuries reported between 2005 and 2009 in connection to the Black & Decker Grasshog weed trimmers. CPSC claims Black & Decker first received reports that the Grasshog XP’s spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string could come loose during use and become projectiles by May 2006 but did not report this information to the CPSC until October 2006. Manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required by federal law to pass along any information about defective products to the CPSC immediately. The delay in reporting this consumer safety information cost the power tool manufacturing company nearly $1 million.
The tree trimmers sold for about $70 at various retail locations nationwide from 2005-2007. Consumers that purchased the recalled trimmer can contact Black & Decker to receive a free repair kit.
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