Black & Decker recalls 44,000 string trimmers

The Craftsman V20 cordless tillers/cultivator is being recalled due to faulty instructions - Photo by CPSC

The assembly instructions are incorrect, creating a hazard to users

Black & Decker is recalling 44,000 Craftsman V20 cordless tillers/cultivators. The assembly instructions can cause consumers to incorrectly attach the bottom portion of the tiller/cultivator upside down, causing the tines to rotate toward the user, posing a laceration hazard.

This recall involves Craftsman Model CMCTL320B V20 Cordless Tillers/Cultivators. The model number is located on the underside of the upper handle. “Craftsman” is located on the handle and the bottom portion. 

The tillers/cultivators are red and black. Only products with UPC number 885911843430 on the side of the product packaging are included in this recall.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tillers/cultivators and contact Craftsman for new assembly instructions illustrating how to properly attach the bottom portion of the tillers/cultivators. 

The updated assembly instructions are also available on Craftsman’s website at Craftsman and sellers of the recalled tillers/cultivators are sending updated assembly instructions to known purchasers.

Consumers may contact the company toll-free at 855-237-6848 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email Craftsman at to obtain a copy of the updated assembly instructions, or view/download the updated assembly instructions online at or at and click on “Safety Notices and Recalls” for more information.

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