This recall involves 12 models of Hitachi Koki and Tanaka-brand handheld grass trimmers. The trimmers have either a green engine cover (Hitachi) or orange (Tanaka). The Hitachi or Tanaka logo is printed on the circular plate on the starter pull housing. Model and serial numbers are also located on the circular plate. Trimmers included in the recall have one of the following model numbers and have a serial number that begins with J, P or a number (see CPSC website for list of serial numbers).
Hazard: The grass trimmers can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer.
Consumer contact: Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. (855) 880-6638 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.hitachipowertools.com and click on “Safety Notice Recall” for more information.
Units: About 115,000 units in the United States and 12,400 in Canada
Incidents/injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grass trimmers and contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for instructions on how to return the product for a free repair.
Sold at: Lowes, Sears and other home improvement and building supply stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from March 2010 through November 2013 for between $300 and $800.
Importer: Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd., of Norcross, GA.
Manufactured in: China