Hazard: The muffler on the engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.
Consumer Contact: Comet USA at (800) 800-4420 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.efcopower.com and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the home page.
Units: About 1,900 in the United States and 200 in Canada. This product was previously recalled in December 2013.
Description: The trimmers are used in 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 and up to 28 inches wide. They are 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 "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 11 reports of muffler failure, including two resulting in singed hair.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled trimmers immediately and return them to an authorized efco dealer for a free replacement.
Sold at: Authorized efco dealers and Menard retail stores nationwide and online from June 2009 to July 2014 for about $400.
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