Expanded Recall: Comet USA, Inc. recalls efco brand trimmers

Starting date:
March 10, 2015
Posting date:
March 10, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Outdoor Living
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fire Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-52467

This product was previously recalled in December 2013 and repaired products are also affected.

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Comet USA, Inc. (formerly Emak USA, Inc.)

Affected products

efco brand gas trimmers from Comet USA, Inc. (formerly Emak USA, Inc.)

Product description

This recall involves certain efco brand gas trimmers. Three models are recalled in two engine sizes measured in cubic centimeters (cc). They are 36cc engine models 8371 S and 8371 T and a 40.2cc engine 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.

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 183 centimetres long (72 inches) and up to 71 centimeters wide (28 inches). The trimmers are red and gray in colour and come with either a bike or loop handle configuration.

Hazard identified

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

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these gas trimmers.

Comet USA has received eleven reports of incidents, including two in Canada, and two resulting in singed hair. No serious injury or property damage has been reported.

Number sold

Approximately 200 units of the recalled trimmers were sold in Canada and 1,900 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled trimmers were sold between June 2009 and July 2014 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
Comet USA, Inc.
Burnsville
Minnesota
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

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

For more information, consumers may contact Comet USA by telephone toll-free at 1-800-800-4420 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, by email or by visiting the efco's website and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the home page.

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.