|August 19, 2008
Flame Weeders Recalled by Gardener's Supply Co. Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Flame Weeders
Units: About 2,000
Importer: Gardener's Supply Co., of Burlington, Vt.
Hazard: The two-piece brass control valve can separate between the flame weeder and the propane tank and allow propane to leak from the tank. This poses fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Gardener's Supply Co. have received three reports of the weeder's valve control leaking propane, including one report of flames. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled flame weeders are used to burn weeds. The weeders have a long silver colored metal tube with a blue plastic handle which is attached by a two-piece brass valve to a 1 lb. propane tank.
Sold by: Gardener's Supply Co. stores in Burlington and Williston, Vt., Gardener's Supply catalog, and at www.gardeners.com from March 2008 through July 2008 for about $50
Manufactured in: United Kingdom
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the flame weeders and return them to the store where purchased or call Gardener's Supply Co. for a full refund including any shipping costs. Gardener's Supply Co. is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled flame weeders.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gardener's Supply Co. at (800) 876-5520 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site www.gardeners.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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