Laceration Risk: Black & Decker, Craftsman-Branded Cordless Lawnmowers Recalled

10/01/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Towson, MD—Black & Decker and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled Black & Decker and Craftsman brand cordless electric lawnmowers Wednesday, September 29, 2010, due to laceration hazards associated with them. The product safety recall affects approximately 160,000 lawnmowers, which were previously recalled over potential fire risks.

According to the CPSC’s news release, Black & Decker was informed of 34 instances in which the lawnmower’s motor and blade turned on after the safety key was taken out. Of these cases, two reportedly resulted in finger lacerations.

Maryland-based Black & Decker recalled the defective product as a means of protecting consumers from suffering lacerations in connection with them.

The product was described as follows: “The recalled cordless electric mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker mowers have model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R. All date codes and types are included. The date code and type information are both located on a silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Black & Decker mowers have either an orange or green deck with a black motor cover. The Craftsman-brand mowers have model number 900.370520 and include all date codes and types. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Craftsman-brand mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover.”

The recalled electric lawnmowers were made available for purchase at nationwide home center, hardware and discount stores, as well as authorized Black & Decker dealers. They were sold between September 1995 and December 2006, costing about $450 each.

Nationwide Sears and Orchard Supply Hardware stores sold the Craftsman-brand lawnmowers for about $450 as well. They were on the market from January 1998 through December 2000.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of the recalled lawnmowers and contact Black & Decker or Sears to schedule a complimentary inspection and repair, or receive a credit towards a new cordless lawnmower. Mowers repaired in connection with past recalls are also included in this recall.

Black & Decker can be reached toll-free at (866) 229-5570 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or online at Individuals with Craftsman-brand lawnmowers are advised to contact Sears toll-free at (888) 281-5314 Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT, or online at

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan– Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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