CPSC, Echo Inc. Announce Recall of Gas-Powered Hand Tools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued June 29, 2004, Revised July 1, 2005
Release # 04-171
Firm's Contact Number: (800) 673-1558
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 Note: Telephone Number Change.

CPSC, Echo Inc. Announce Recall of Gas-Powered Hand Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Echo-brand grass trimmers, brush cutters, hedge clippers, power blowers and power edgers

Units: About 540,000

Manufacturer/Importer: Echo Inc., of Lake Zurich, Ill.

Hazard: The fuel lines on these tools can develop an "alligator surface" appearance which could develop into a condition that will allow leakage of gasoline and fuel vapor, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Echo has received three reports of fuel leakage with no reported injuries or property damage.

Description: The specific gas-powered tools involved are identified by the model and serial numbers on the following chart. The model number and serial number is written on the name plate on each product.

Model
Description
Start S/N
End S/N
HC-150 Hedge Clipper 05036751 05076594
HC-150i Hedge Clipper 05003843 05005681
HC-151 Hedge Clipper 06005083 06007241
HCR-150 Hedge Clipper 05001362 05002577
HCR-151 Hedge Clipper 06001227 06001271
SHC-210 Hedge Clipper 05006409 05009843
SHC-211 Hedge Clipper 06001001 06001029
PB-200 Power Blower 05113414 05210165
PB-200 Power Blower 06015814 06028130
PE-200 Power Edger 05022289 05044753
PE-310 Power Edger 03001851 03003116
PE-311 Power Edger 02001085 02001266
PPF-210 Power Pruner 05009112 05014016
PPF-211 Power Pruner 06001278 06001423
ES-210 Shred/n/Vac 05037462 05061058
ES-211 Shred/n/Vac 06001999 06003588
GT-200i Trimmer 05020627 05030474
GT-200R Trimmer 05047380 05147265
GT-201i Trimmer 06001645 06001841
GT-201R Trimmer 06008111 06013438
SRM-210 Trimmer 05120420 05278091
SRM-210i Trimmer 05011856 05022111
SRM-210SB Trimmer 05008493 05016331
SRM-211 Trimmer 06009599 06016954
SRM-310 Trimmer 03005081 03008383
SRM-310S Trimmer 03001968 03003296
SRM-311 Trimmer 02003200 02003724
SRM-311S Trimmer 02001347 02001431
SRM-340 Trimmer 03001561 03002148
SRM-210U Brushcutter 05002961 05004671
SRM-211U Brushcutter 06001001 06001028
SRM-310U Brushcutter 03001782 03002571
SRM-311U Brushcutter 02001405 02001601
WP-1000 Water Pump 508419 510025
       
       



Sold at: Home Depot, home centers, hardware stores, and power equipment dealers nationwide from February 2003 to May 2004 for between $149 and $300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled tools immediately and contact an Echo dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Echo toll-free at (800) 673-1558 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Echo's Web site at www.echo-usa.com

Picture of Recalled Gas-Powered Hand ToolPicture of Recalled Gas-Powered Hand ToolFuel Line with alligator surface appearance