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Safety Alert

Gas Trimmers Recalled by efco Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: efco brand Gas Trimmers from Emak USA

Hazard: The muffler on the trimmer's engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Emak USA at (800) 800-4420 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm's website at www.efcopower.com and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the home page.

Units: About 1,400 in the U.S. and 166 in Canada

Description: The trimmers are used in both residential and professional applications for cutting grass and light brush. The cutting attachments include a trimmer head and metal blade. The trimmers are about 72 inches long. They are colored red and gray with either a bike or loop handle configuration. Three models are recalled in two engine sizes measured in cubic centimeters. They are: 36cc models 8371 S and 8371 T, and a 40.2cc model 8421 T engine displacement. The brand name "efco" and model number are printed on the front of the engine and the brand name also appears on the wand.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received eight reports of incidents, including one resulting in singed hair. No serious injury or property damage have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled trimmers immediately and return them to an authorized efco dealer for a free muffler replacement kit.

Sold at: Authorized efco dealers at both retail stores and online, and Menards stores between June 2009 and July 2013 for about $400.

Manufacturer: Emak USA, Inc., of Wooster, Ohio

Manufactured in: China