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Things To Know: 4 CPSC Recalls

Toro, Exmark, efco and PackTite all have products recalled over safety concerns.

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1. Exmark Recalls Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers Due to Injury Hazard  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Exmark-Recalls-Commercial-Walk-Behind-Mowers/

2. Toro Recalls TimeMaster and TurfMaster Lawn Mowers Due To Injury Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Toro-Recalls-TimeMaster-and-TurfMaster-Lawn-Mowers/

3. Gas Trimmers Recalled by efco Due to Fire Hazard  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Gas-Trimmers-Recalled-by-efco/

4. PackTite Recalls Bed Bug Heating Units Due to Fire Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/PackTite-Recalls-Bed-Bug-Heating-Units/

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1. Recall Date: December 10, 2013

Recall Number: 14-045

Exmark Recalls Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers Due to Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Commercial Walk-Behind Mowers

Hazard: The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby. 

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Exmark at (800) 667-5296 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.exmark.com and click on Service & Support and then on Safety Resources at the bottom of the page for more information

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Exmark-Recalls-Commercial-Walk-Behind-Mowers/

Recall Details

Units: About 6,900 in the United States and 330 in Canada

Description: This recall involves 2013 Exmark Commercial 30” Walk-Behind Mowers, model ECKA30 and serial numbers ranging from 313605897 to 313660824. The phrases “Commercial 30” and “Exmark” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Exmark” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Exmark for a free repair.

Sold at: Exmark dealers nationwide from November 2012 through October 2013 for about $1,800. 

Distributor: Exmark Manufacturing Company, Inc., from Beatrice, Neb.

Manufactured in: Mexico

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2. Recall Date: December 10, 2013

Recall Number: 14-046

Toro Recalls TimeMaster and TurfMaster Lawn Mowers Due To Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: TimeMaster and TurfMaster lawn mowers

Hazard: The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact:  Toro toll-free at (855) 340-7686 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.toro.com and click on Product Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Toro-Recalls-TimeMaster-and-TurfMaster-Lawn-Mowers/

Recall Details

Units: About 34,500 in the United States and 1,600 in Canada

Description: This recall involves 2013 Toro TimeMaster 30” and 2013 Toro TurfMaster 30” lawn mowers with the following model and serial numbers: Model number 20199 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313020271; model number 20200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007366; and, model number 22200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007146.  The phrases “TimeMaster” or “TurfMaster” and “Toro” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Toro” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire.

Incidents/Injuries: Toro has received ten reports of blades breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Toro for a free repair.

Sold at: Toro dealers nationwide from November 2012 through October 2013 for between $999 and $1,799. 

Distributor: The Toro Co., of Bloomington, Minn.

Manufactured in: Mexico

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3.  Recall Date: December 10, 2013

Recall Number: 14-047

Gas Trimmers Recalled by efco Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

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.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Gas-Trimmers-Recalled-by-efco/

Recall Details

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

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4. Recall Date: December 10, 2013

Recall Number: 14-048

PackTite Recalls Bed Bug Heating Units Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: PackTite™ Heating Units for Bed Bug Control

Hazard: The bed bug heaters can overheat, melt and cause a fire, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy:  Replace

Consumer Contact: PackTite toll-free at (866) 520-7952 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT, by email at recall@packtite.com, or online at www.packtite.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

Photos avaible at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/PackTite-Recalls-Bed-Bug-Heating-Units/

Recall Details

Units: About 9,000

Description: This recall involves PackTite bed bug heating units sold with PackTite™ original bed bug treatment systems.  Consumers place items for bed bug treatment inside PackTite’s black canvas bag and turn the heater on inside the bag. The white heaters are attached to a black wire frame that fits in the bag. PackTite™ is printed in white on the bag. The bags measure 36 inches long by 19 inches wide by 24 inches tall.  The recalled heaters do not have any visible text on the up-facing side of the heater casing, but they do have reset instructions on the underside of the heater.

Incidents/Injuries: PackTite has received three consumer complaints of heaters overheating, melting and, in one case, the items being treated were singed. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heating units and contact PackTite for a free replacement heater.

Sold by: Pest control companies and pest control product distributors nationwide, including Atlantic Pest Solutions, Bedbug Central, Bedbug Supply, Broadway Exterminating, Dana Pest Control, Do My Own Pest Control, Grainger, M&M Environmental Isotech, K-9 Sweeps, Orkin, Pestaway, Round-the-Clock Pest Control, Steritech, Stern Environmental, Tallman Scientific, Univar and US Bedbugs from October 2009 through January 2013 for between $300 and $330 for the system and $53 for the heater when sold separately.

Manufacturer: Nuvenco Inc., dba PackTite™, of Ft. Collins, Colo.

Manufactured in: United States

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to a product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

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