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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
June 26, 2001
Release # 01-178
|CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772 |
Media Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris, (301) 504-7066
CPSC, Five Firms Announce Recall of Backpack Blowers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), five
firms are recalling about 50,500 backpack blowers. The fuel tanks on these
blowers can leak, posing a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers.
The following firms are conducting this recall: Husqvarna Forest &
Garden Co., of Charlotte, N.C.; John Deere Consumer Products Inc., of Moline,
Ill.; Makita U.S.A. Inc., of La Mirada, Calif.; Carswell Import & Marketing
Associates Inc., of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Tilton Equipment Co., of Rye,
Carswell has received 159 reports of leaking fuel tanks on these
blowers. Makita U.S.A has received 55 reports of leaks. John Deere has received
five reports of leaks. No injuries have been reported. The other firms have not
had reports of leaks.
The recalled blowers all have their brand name,
model number and serial number written on the units. Consumers should check with
the manufacturer to determine if their blower is part of the recall. Consumers
should have their serial number available when they contact the firm.
|Husqvarna Forest & Garden Co.
||155BT and 155BF
||Sold from June 1998 through June 2001
|John Deere Consumer Products Inc.
||UT 26113, UT08093 and UT08104
||Sold from January 1998 through April 2001
|Makita U.S.A. Inc.
||Sold from March 1997 through January 2001
|Carswell Import & Marketing Associates
||Sold from December 1996 through June 2001
|Tilton Equipment Co.
||Sold from August 2000 through May 2001
centers, hardware stores and manufacturer dealers nationwide sold these blowers
for between $400 and $750.
Consumers should stop using the recalled
blowers immediately, and contact the manufacturer to have their blower repaired
free of charge.
The Tilton Equipment Co.
One of the John Deere
The other John Deere