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Consumer product recall

Emak USA, Inc. recalls efco brand gas trimmers

Starting date:
December 10, 2013
Posting date:
December 10, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Outdoor Living
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety, Fire Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Emak USA, Inc.

Affected products

efco brand Gas Trimmers from Emak USA, Inc.

Product description

This recall involves certain efco brand Gas Trimmers from Emak USA, Inc. Three models are recalled in two engine sizes measured in cubic centimeters. They are: 36cc models 8371 S and 8371 T and a 40.2cc model 8421 T engine displacement. The brand name "efco" and model number are printed on the front of the engine and the brand name also appears on the wand.

The trimmers are used in both residential and professional applications for cutting grass and light brush. The cutting attachments include a trimmer head and metal blade. The trimmers are red and gray in color and come with either bike or loop handle configuration.

Hazard identified

The muffler on the trimmer’s engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.

Emak USA has received eight reports of incidents, including two in Canada, and one resulting in singed hair. No serious injury or property damage has been reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these gas trimmers.

Number sold

Approximately 166 units of the recalled trimmers were sold in Canada and 1,400 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled trimmers were sold between June 2009 and July 2013 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Emak USA, Inc.

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled trimmers immediately and return them to an authorized efco dealer for a free muffler replacement kit.

For more information, consumers may contact Emak USA by telephone toll-free at 1-800-800-4420 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, by email or by visiting the firm’s website and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the home page.

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

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.