FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Company Phone Number: (800) 444-8676
April 28, 1999
Release # 99-103
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With warm weather returning to much of the U.S., it is also the beginning of the lawn mowing season. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn., is reminding consumers of the cooperative recall of approximately 78,000 Lawn-Boy power mowers, announced in January. Interference with the mower's mulching fan can cause the mower blade to crack and break off. Broken pieces of the blade can be propelled from underneath the mower, possibly injuring the operator or a bystander.
Toro has received one report of a consumer who was struck on the ankle by a piece of a broken mower blade while mowing, resulting in a bruised tendon.
The recalled Lawn-Boy Silver Series, Four Cycle, walk-behind, 21-inch power mowers have the following model and serial numbers, which are printed on a decal on the right rear of the mower:
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Lawn-Boy Dealers and mass merchant retail outlets, including Sears, Lowe's and the Home Depot, sold these mowers from January 1997 through November 1998 for between $280 and $400.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled mowers until they are repaired. Consumers with these recalled mowers can have the repair performed for free at their local Lawn-Boy service dealer. To locate the nearest Lawn-Boy service dealer or for more information, consumers should call Lawn-Boy at (800) 444-8676 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or go to their website at http://www.lawnboy.com.
Mowers currently being sold have been corrected.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
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