January 23, 2006
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: 2005 Model NEUTON® Cordless Electric Lawnmowers
Units: About 15,700
Importer: Country Home Products, Inc., of Vergennes, Vt.
Hazard: When the handlebar is released on the recalled lawnmowers, the motor could continue to run, which causes the blade to continue to spin. In addition, there is excessive heat build up in the wire coil inside the housing and also in the safety key.
Incidents/Injuries: Country Home Products, Inc. has received nine total reports of incidents in which the mower and blade did not turn off when the handle was released, causing excessive heat built up in the internal wire brake coil and safety key. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The recalled lawnmowers were sold under the NEUTON® name and carry model number EM 4 1 NEUTON® printed on the front portion of the lawnmower. The lawnmowers are two shades of green and have a 14-inch cutting width with rear bagging capability. The serial number ranges of the recalled mowers are CE4049212 through CE4054902 and CE4061492 through CE4071541. The serial number can be found by lifting the rear discharge guard of the mower. It is on a sticker on the lower left side of the mower housing.
Sold by: Mail orders, Web sites, and by gas-lawnmower exchange programs and through a small number of outdoor power equipment dealerships nationwide from February 2005 through June 2005 for about $400. NOTE: Not all mowers shipped during this time period are included in the recall. Only mowers within the specified serial number range are included.
Manufactured In: Taiwan
Remedy: Country Home Products, Inc. is sending all registered owners instructions on how to perform the free repair on these mowers.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Country Home Products, Inc. toll-free at (888) 294-5029, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturdays. Consumers also can view and download instructions from NEUTON® Mower Equipment's Web site at www.CEM-TechAlert.com
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.
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