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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2000
|John Deere Recall Line: (800) 242-4672 |
Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Yolanda
Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
John Deere Contact: Ray J. Hornak, (919)
CPSC, John Deere Consumer Products Inc. Announce Recall of Homelite®
Handheld Power Blowers/Vacuums
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), John Deere Consumer Products
Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 Homelite®
handheld power blowers/vacuums. The fuel line location can cause it to contact
the edge of the engine shroud, causing the line to prematurely wear. This can
result in a gasoline leak, presenting a fire hazard and causing burn injuries to
John Deere Consumer Products has received two reports of the
fuel line leaking from these power blowers/vacuums. There have been no reports
of fires or injuries.
These gasoline-powered, handheld power
blowers/vacuums are red and black. The Homelite® logo is written on the inlet
cover door. They can be identified by the following UT and serial numbers on a
sticker attached to the unit near the blower tube:
|HT2130001 through HT3659999
||HA0010001 through HA3659999|
|MA0010001 through MA3659999
||MB0010001 through MB0459999|
center and hardware stores including the Home Depot, Eagle Hardware and Ace
Hardware, sold these blowers/vacuums nationwide from August 1998 through January
2000 for about $150.
Consumers should stop using these power
blowers/vacuums immediately and contact their nearest Homelite® service dealer
for a free inspection and repair. To locate the local service dealer or for more
information, call John Deere Consumer Products at (800) 242-4672 anytime.