STIHL Inc. is recalling 8,000 battery-powered hedge trimmers for a laceration hazard. The hedge trimmer can operate faster than expected, continue running after the trigger is released or operate by depressing either the trigger or the front handle switch individually. No injuries have been reported, but STIHL has received seven reports of the trigger or front handle switch not operating properly.
The recalled trimmers were made by VIKING GmbH in Austria and sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from June 2010 through April 2016 for about $300. The recall includes model HSA 65 battery-powered hedge trimmers. They are gray and orange, with a loop handle, removable battery and a 20 inch hedge trimming blade.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trimmer and return it to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free replacement battery-powered hedge trimmer.