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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2004
Release # 04-171
Firm’s Hotline: (800) 254-4808
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Echo Inc. Announce Recall of Gas-Powered Hand Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Echo-brand grass trimmers, brush cutters, hedge clippers, power blowers and power edgers

Units: About 540,000

Manufacturer/Importer: Echo Inc., of Lake Zurich, Ill.

Hazard: The fuel lines on these tools can develop an “alligator surface” appearance which could develop into a condition that will allow leakage of gasoline and fuel vapor, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Echo has received three reports of fuel leakage with no reported injuries or property damage.

Description: The specific gas-powered tools involved are identified by the model and serial numbers on the following chart. The model number and serial number is written on the name plate on each product.

Model
Description
Start S/N
End S/N
HC-150Hedge Clipper0503675105076594
HC-150iHedge Clipper0500384305005681
HC-151Hedge Clipper0600508306007241
HCR-150Hedge Clipper0500136205002577
HCR-151Hedge Clipper0600122706001271
SHC-210Hedge Clipper0500640905009843
SHC-211Hedge Clipper0600100106001029
PB-200Power Blower0511341405210165
PB-200Power Blower0601581406028130
PE-200Power Edger0502228905044753
PE-310Power Edger0300185103003116
PE-311Power Edger0200108502001266
PPF-210Power Pruner0500911205014016
PPF-211Power Pruner0600127806001423
ES-210Shred/n/Vac0503746205061058
ES-211Shred/n/Vac0600199906003588
GT-200iTrimmer0502062705030474
GT-200RTrimmer0504738005147265
GT-201iTrimmer0600164506001841
GT-201RTrimmer0600811106013438
SRM-210Trimmer0512042005278091
SRM-210iTrimmer0501185605022111
SRM-210SBTrimmer0500849305016331
SRM-211Trimmer0600959906016954
SRM-310Trimmer0300508103008383
SRM-310STrimmer0300196803003296
SRM-311Trimmer0200320002003724
SRM-311STrimmer0200134702001431
SRM-340Trimmer0300156103002148
SRM-210UBrushcutter0500296105004671
SRM-211UBrushcutter0600100106001028
SRM-310UBrushcutter0300178203002571
SRM-311UBrushcutter0200140502001601
WP-1000Water Pump508419510025


Sold at: Home Depot, home centers, hardware stores, and power equipment dealers nationwide from February 2003 to May 2004 for between $149 and $300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled tools immediately and contact an Echo dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Echo toll-free at (800) 254-4808 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Echo’s Web site at www.echo-usa.com

Picture of Recalled Gas-Powered Hand Tool  Picture of Recalled Gas-Powered Hand Tool

Fuel Line with alligator surface appearance
Fuel Line with “alligator surface” appearance


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