The CPSC is announcing a recall on Black & Decker and Craftsman brand cordless electric lawnmowers. These mowers, which were previously recalled in 2002 and 2006, may still pose a danger when in operation.
The 2002 recall, which was expanded in 2006, was announced after Black & Decker and the CPSC received numerous reports of the cordless lawn mowers’ engine overheating and causing a fire hazard. This time, 160,000 Black & Decker and Craftsman brand cordless lawnmowers are being recalled because the mower’s motor and blade can unexpectedly turn on after the mower’s safety key is removed, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Black & Decker has received 34 reports of the motor operating after removal of the safety key, including two incidents that resulted in finger lacerations.
The recalled cordless electric mowers were sold in home centers, hardware and discount stores under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker mowers have model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R. All date codes and types are included in the recall. The date code and type information are both located on a silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower.
The Black & Decker mowers have either an orange or green deck with a black motor cover. The Craftsman-brand mowers have model number 900.370520 and the recall include all date codes and types. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Craftsman-brand mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover.
The CPSC is urging customers to stop using the recalled lawnmowers immediately.