Black & Decker is recalling about 160,000 cordless electric lawnmowers sold under the Black & Decker and Sears Craftsman brands because they can start without warning, even when the safety key is removed, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
These are some messed up lawnmowers. They were recalled in 2002 and 2006 over a fire hazard.
This recall came following Black & Decker cataloging 34 complaints about of the motor running after the "safety key" was taken out, including two that caused injuries.
Black & Decker models recalled are: CMM1000 or CMM1000R. The Craftsman mowers recalled are model number 900.370520.
The Craftsman mowers are dark green with a black motor cover. The Black & Decker models are either orange or green with a black motor cover.
The Black & Decker-branded models were sold nationwide from September 1995 through December 2006. The Craftsman-branded models were sold at Sears and Orchard Supply Hardware stores between January 1998 and December 2000. The mowers retailed for about $450
They were built in plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the CPSC said.
If you have one of the mowers, stop using it and call either Black & Decker or Sears to arrange for an inspection and repair of the mower or get a credit toward a new, cordless lawnmower. You should contact the company even if your mower was repaired as part of prior recalls, the CPSC said.
Black & Decker owners can call (866) 229-5570 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Craftsman owners can call Sears at (888) 281-5314 between Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
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