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Firm To Provide Guard For String Trimmer

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Recall Date:
June 22, 1989

Recall Details

June 22, 1989  
Release # 89-059

WASHINGTON--Weed Eater is voluntarily offering a free muffler guard kit to reduce chance of muffler burns to consumers using certain gasoline powered string trimmers sold under the brand names of Weed Eater, Yard Pro and Sears Craftsman.

According to Weed Eater, some 35 consumers sustained burns when inadvertent contact was made with the hot muffler. More than 2 million string trimmers sold since 1982 are involved in the offer.

The, model number can be found on the side of the trimmer or on the decal describing how to start the trimmer. Trimmers involved carry the following numbers:

Weed Eater model numbers-1400, 1400T, 1500, 1600, 1600T, 1700, 1700/Kit, 1700A, 1720, 1740, and 2215.

Yard Pro model numbers-115 and 116.

Sears Craftsman gas weedwacker/string trimmer model numbers--358.795610, 358.795700, 358.795701, 358.796110, 358.796111, 358.796120, 358.7'97110, 358.7971700, 358.797190, 358.798120, 358.798121; gas edger model numbers--358.756170, 358.796171, 358.796170, gas cultivator model numbers 358.796180, 358.796181; and gas brushwacker/bladed trimmer model numbers-358.798210, 358.798211.

Owners of the string trimmers listed above should call Weed Eater toll free at 1-800-446-1478 to receive a free muffler guard kit. Callers should have the specific model number of the trimmer available before they call. Consumers may also write Weed Eater, Attention: Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 9329, Shreveport, LA 71139-9329.

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