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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
March 19, 2001
Release # 01-109
Company Phone Number: (800) 711-7959
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, STIHL Inc. Announce Recall of Backpack Blowers

PRODUCT: Backpack Blowers - STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 890 backpack blowers. The recalled blowers have a model number of BR 420C and a serial number in the following ranges: 47988257 through 47989256 and 49014561 through 49015560. The name, "STIHL," and the model number, BR 420C, appear on the starter. The serial number is printed right above the starter. The backpack blowers were sold through STIHL dealers in California between November 2000 and January 2001 for about $400.

PROBLEM: The fuel hose on the carburetor can be dislodged, and leak fuel, presenting fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: STIHL has received four reports of fuel hoses dislodging. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using the backpack blower immediately and return them to the STIHL dealer where purchased for a free repair. For more information, call STIHL Inc., toll-free at (800) 711-7959 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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