|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2003
Release # 03-135
|CMD Recall Hotline: (800) 210-9949
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7908
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Conceptual Marketing & Development Inc., of Lincoln, Calif., is voluntarily recalling approximately 1.1 million metal blades for their model 4650 weed cutting attachment. The blades can break off and hit consumers causing severe impact and laceration injuries.
CMD and the commission are aware of 16 reports of blades breaking, resulting in 12 injuries. Injuries have ranged from lacerations requiring stitches to tendon and bone injuries.
Only cast aluminum metal alloy blades are included in the recall. The blades measure 1/4 inch thick, 1 inch wide and 4 inches long, and are a dull silver color. Blades that are either smooth on the bottom or have ridges are included in the recall. All of the blades were made in the U.S.A.
Home improvement and hardware stores nationwide sold the blades with the weed cutting attachments, or separately as replacements, from November 1999 through December 2001.The model 4650 weed cutter with blades sold for about $15 and a set of three replacement blades sold for about $6.
Consumers should stop using the recalled blades immediately and contact CMD for free replacements. Consumers can contact CMD at (800) 210-9949 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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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