|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2000
Release # 01-034
|GBC Hotline: (888) 247-4135
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, General Binding Corp. Announce Recall of Paper Shredders
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), General Binding Corp. (GBC), of Northbrook, Ill., is recalling about 3,000 paper shredders. These paper shredders do not have a protective shield to guard against exposure to the cutting blades. Consumers could lift the paper shredder lid while it is running and come into contact with the turning blades. Consumers could suffer cuts or amputations of finger tips if they touch the turning blades.
GBC is not aware of any injuries involving these paper shredders. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The GBC Shredmaster 75X-2 paper shredders being recalled have serial numbers starting with "MS" or "MT". The serial numbers are found on the boxes and on the rating plate on the bottom of the paper shredder. These shredders are light gray, and have "GBC Shredmaster" and "75X Cross Cut" written on the top. "75X-2" and "MADE IN CHINA" are written on a label on the bottom of the paper shredder.
Office supply stores nationwide sold these paper shredders from August 2000 through September 2000 for about $139.
Consumers should stop using the recalled paper shredders immediately, and call GBC to receive a free replacement paper shredder or a refund. Consumers should call GBC toll-free at (888) 247-4135 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or go to the firm's web site at http://www.quartetgbc.com/products/shredders/75x_recall.html.
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.
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