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Recall - Hitachi and Tanaka Grass Trimmers

Web posted on March 06, 2014

This recall involves twelve models of Hitachi Koki and Tanaka-brand hand-held grass trimmers. The gasoline-powered trimmers have either a green engine cover (Hitachi) or an orange engine cover (Tanaka). The Hitachi or Tanaka logo is printed on the circular plate on the starter pull housing. Model and serial numbers are also located on the circular plate.

Trimmers included in the recall have one of the following model numbers and have a serial number that begin with J, P or a number.

BrandModel NumberSerial Number Range
HitachiCG22EAB(SLP)J100001 to J906000
P130001 to P730500
CG22EAD(SLP)J100001 to J500500
CG22EAS(SLP)JD90001 to JD11200
P120001 to P830200
CG24EASP(SL)J600001 to JD00700
P130001 to P530020
CG27EASP(SL)J600001 to J410050
TanakaTCG22EAB(SLP)J200001 to JN10350
P120001 to P430100
TCG22EAD(SLP)J200001 to J700100
TCG22EAS(SLP)J200001 to JN00500
P120001 to P730500
TCG24EASP(SL)J700001 to J810500
PD20001 to P230800
TCG27EASP(SL)J700001 to J810800
TCG40EAS(LP)400001 to 500264
TCG40EAS(P)400001 to 400396

The grass trimmers can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer. Consumers should stop using the recalled grass trimmers immediately and contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for instructions on how to return the product for a free repair.

Neither Health Canada nor Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd has received any consumer reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these grass trimmers.

The affected models have been manufactured in China by Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd., Minato-ku, Japan and distributed through Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd., Norcross, Georgia, United States.

The recalled trimmers were sold from March 2010 to November 2013 in Canada and the United States. Approximately 12,444 of the recalled trimmers were sold in Canada. Approximately 115,000 of the recalled trimmers were distributed in the United States.

For more information, consumers can contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. by telephone at 1-855-880-6638 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or visit the Hitachi Power Tools' website and click on "Grass Trimmer Safety Recall".

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.