Fiskars recalls Fiskars® 32-inch Bypass Lopper Shears

Starting date:
October 8, 2014
Posting date:
October 8, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Laceration Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-41719

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Fiskars Brands, Inc.

Affected products

Fiskars® 32-inch Bypass Lopper Shears, model 6954

Product description

This recall involves Fiskars® Titanium bypass lopper shears with model number 6954. The lopper shears have 32-inch (81-centimetre) dark orange steel handles and black rubber grips with a gray strip. Plastic gears connected to the pruning blades allow the consumers to open and close the pruning blades by moving the handles.  “FISKARS” is printed on one handle and product identification information, including model number 6954, is printed on a label on the opposite handle above the barcode.  The UPC is 4656116954.

This recall does not apply to any other Fiskars® loppers.

Hazard identified

The lopper handles can break when attempting to cut branches, posing a risk of serious injury and laceration.

Fiskars has received 11 reports of incidents in the United States involving lopper handles breaking, including reports of bruising and lacerations, some required stitches to the head and face.  The company has not received any reports of incidents in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.

Number sold

Approximately 11,000 of the recalled loppers were sold in Canada exclusively at Home Depot.  About 277,000 products were distributed in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled loppers were sold from January 2012 to June 2014 in Canada and from May 2011 to June 2014 in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
Green Guard Industry Co. Ltd.
Tanzhou Town
CHINA
Distributor
Fiskars Canada Inc.
Markham
Ontario
CANADA
Retailer
The Home Depot of Canada Inc.
Toronto
Ontario
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled 32-inch bypass lopper shears and contact Fiskars to receive a replacement lopper.  To identify the 6954 lopper, look at the handle label for the model number (“Model 6954”) above and left of the UPC barcode graphic.

For more information, consumers may contact Fiskars toll-free at 1-855-544-0151, or visit Fiskars website and click on the Product Notifications for more information.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.