In a bid to ensure user safety, Chevron North America has issued a voluntary recall of 85,000 hedge trimmers in the United States, following a notification from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This precautionary measure aims to address the potential laceration risk associated with the rear switch trigger on the EGO Power+ Model HT2410 Cordless Brushless Hedge Trimmers, which are included in the recall notice.
According to the CPSC, the concern arises from the possibility of the rear switch trigger failing to rebound after being pressed, leading to an unexpected activation of the tool. This defect poses a significant laceration risk to users, prompting the recall.
The hedge trimmers affected by the recall were sold between September 2017 and March 2019, with specific date codes identified. These trimmers were either sold as standalone tools without a battery or as part of a combination kit that included an EGO POWER+ 56-volt charge, as stated in the CPSC notice.
As of now, thirty-four incidents have been reported involving the hedge trimmers unexpectedly turning on. Shockingly, in eight of these incidents, users sustained severe cuts requiring stitches, underscoring the importance of addressing the issue promptly.
Chevron North America is taking responsibility for the situation and is offering a free repair for the rear switch trigger to rectify the potential problem. In the interest of safety, the CPSC advises consumers not to use the recalled trimmers until the necessary repairs have been carried out.
The affected hedge trimmers were available for purchase at various home improvement and hardware stores across the United States, spanning a period of approximately two and a half years from September 2017 to March 2020. Additionally, authorized dealers and distributors, including Ace Hardware, Acme Tools, and Home Depot’s respective websites, also sold these trimmers.
It is worth noting that a separate recall was issued in Canada, where around 4,000 hedge trimmers were affected. The Canadian government’s website reported three incidents, including one laceration, highlighting the international scope of the issue.
Safety remains a top priority, and Chevron North America’s voluntary recall demonstrates their commitment to protecting consumers from potential harm. By addressing the laceration risk associated with the hedge trimmers and providing free repairs, they aim to ensure the safe usage of these tools in the future.