Recalls this week: Step stools and grass trimmers

It was a light week for consumer product recalls with step stools sold at Target stores and string grass trimmers in the spotlight.

Here’s a look at the details:


DETAILS: Step stools manufactured in China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand and imported by Target Corp. of Minneapolis. The stools were sold at Target stores nationwide and online at from January 2007 through October 2010. This is an expansion of a previous recall on Aug. 4.

WHY: They can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

INCIDENTS: Target has received 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Two adults fractured their wrists and one also fractured her hip and pelvis. Another six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruises.

HOW MANY: About 341,000 (206,000 were recalled earlier this month).

FOR MORE: Call 800-440-0680; visit .



DETAILS: Fiskars Brands SmartPower string grass trimmers made in China and imported by Fiskars Brands Inc. of Madison, Wis. They were sold at,,,, and Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores. They were sold between January and July of this year.

WHY: Engine vibration during use can cause wear on the fuel line leading to a propane fuel leak. On some models a plastic cutting guard can fall off. The issues pose a burn, fire and laceration hazard.

INCIDENTS: None reported

HOW MANY: About 2,200

FOR MORE: Call 877-495.6645; visit .