South Florida defect product recall notice: Black & Decker, Craftsman cordless push lawn mowers

Thanks to a many days of sunshine and consistent tropical weather, South Florida enjoys one of the longest landscaping growth season in the country. The hum of lawn service equipment is nearly constant between March and November. Because of this, our Naples, Boca Raton and Fort Myers defective product attorneys are closely monitoring the recall of about 160,000 Black & Decker and Craftsmen cordless electric lawnmowers.

For the third time in eight years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall for both brands after receiving 34 reports of a potential laceration hazard caused by the motor and blade unexpectedly turning on despite the removal of a safety key designed to prevent this from happening. Black & Decker is offering a free repairs or credit toward the purchase of another mower.

Model numbers include Black & Decker CMM1000 and CMM1000R and Craftsman 900.370520. Aside from model numbers, the Black & Decker model has a black motor cover and an orange or green deck. The Craftsman model has a black motor cover and green deck. Both brands of mower were sold for about $450 nationwide and in Mexico and Canada, with the Black & Decker model sold between September 1995-December 2006 and the Craftsman brand from January 1998-December 2000.

The previous recall – which began in September 2002 and was expanded in August 2006 – addressed fire hazard concerns caused by electrical components overheating.