Black & Decker is recalling about 200,000 grass trimmers because of safety concerns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says over 150 people have been hurt by the Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers.
The trimmer's spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose during use and become airborne projectiles, posing a serious laceration hazard to the user, as well as bystanders. The trimmers can also overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
The trimmers are electric-powered. Trimmers with black spool caps and date codes 00546 through 200645 are included in this recall. Those with orange spool caps are not included in the recall.
The trimmers were sold at major home center and hardware stores nationwide from November 2005 through January 2007 for about $70.
Consumers should stop using the string trimmers immediately and contact Black & Decker for a free repair kit.