Blount International Recalls Replacement Blades Used with Ariens Lawnmowers Due to Laceration Hazard

This recall involves Blount lawnmower replacement blades for Ariens 48-inch lawnmowers. The replacement lawnmower blades can break during normal use.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012
Release #12-094
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 685-5449
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Blount International Recalls Replacement Blades Used with Ariens Lawnmowers Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Oregon® Replacement Lawnmower Blades

Units: About 950

Manufacturer: Blount International Inc., of Kansas City, Mo.

Hazard: The replacement lawnmower blades can break during normal use, posing a laceration hazard to the user and bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Blount has received seven reports of replacement blades breaking during use. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Blount lawnmower replacement blades for Ariens 48-inch lawnmowers. The replacement blades are sold under the Oregon® brand name. “Oregon®,” part number “91-003” and “PA” or “PJ” are printed on the surface of the recalled blades.

Sold at: Independent lawn and garden sales and service stores nationwide from January 2010 through September 2011 for about $20.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using lawnmowers with the recalled blades and return the blades to the store where purchased or directly to Blount for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact (866) 685-5449 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.blount.com

Picture of recalled Lawnmower Replacement Blade