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Hundreds of thousands of string trimmers recalled over ignition, fire risk

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Personal Injury |

String trimmers are some of the most useful garden tools for cutting tall grass and weeds. While typically designed for safe use, they are still dangerous due to their cutting business end. Those powered by gasoline are also potential fire hazards.

A recent recall for gas-powered string trimmers reveals that even a simple defect can significantly raise this fire risk.

Husqvarna has recalled roughly 403,000 gas string trimmers over concerns that incorrect wiring in the affected devices can cause an electrical spark or “arcing,” which can ignite gas inside or near the unit.

The Swedish manufacturer said it had received 12 reports from the U.S. of the trimmer catching on fire, causing sparks or arcing. Two of those reports involved property damage, and one report involved a user suffering burns on their arms and legs after attempting to extinguish the flames.

Home and garden stores nationwide and sold the string trimmers from October 2021 through November 2023. Consumers should take note of the model number and SKUs of their trimmers and contact Husqvarna for a free repair.

Your rights if you suffer a string trimmer burn

Georgia law protects consumers from the dangers of defective products. Per state rules, product liability claims can be filed when a product is found to be defective or not reasonably safe when used as intended. This law covers design defects, manufacturing defects, and failures to warn.

If you’ve been injured by a defective gas string trimmer, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The path to compensation involves proving that the product was defective and that this defect led to your injury. Evidence such as medical records, expert testimony, and documentation of the defect are crucial. It’s important to act promptly, as Georgia has a statute of limitations that limits the time to file a claim.

A knowledgeable legal professional may also be able to walk you through the process of filing a product liability lawsuit. An attorney can review your case and determine whether it’s strong enough for a lawsuit.