Recall: Weed & Grass Trimmers Recalled by Echo

September 30, 1983  
Release # 83-050

CPSC Warns Of Accidents With Elastic Straps On Echo Weed And Grass Trimmers

Washington, D.C.-- In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Echo Incorporated, Northbrook, Illinois, today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 62,292 elastic harnesses with spring loaded snap hooks used on Echo gas powered Weed and Grass Trimmers, Models No. SRM-200 DA and SRM-200 D, because the metal hook may snap back and cause eye or other facial injuries. According to the firm, the trimmers were distributed through Echo distributors from November 1977, to December 1979.

The elastic harness (Echo Parts Catalogue No. 300 500 02 73 0) worn by the operator consists of an elastic cord which is attached to the shaft of the trimmer by a snap hook. Under certain conditions when the cord is under tension, the snap hook can be released and fly back into the face of the operator.

The weed and grass trimmers sold at retail for approximately $219.95.

Echo has received 2 reports of severe eye injury and 1 report of dental damage due to the unexpected snap back of the hook.

Consumers should immediately discontinue use of the elastic harness and return it to an Echo dealer for a free replacement harness. Echo Dealers are listed in the Yellow Pages under Lawn and Garden Equipment.

Anyone requiring additional information about this warning should contact Echo at 312-291-2800, or call CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800-638-CPSC. The teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.