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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
February 26, 2002
|Ingersoll-Rand's Recall Hotline: (877) 552-2952
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim
Dulic, (301) 504-7058
CPSC, Ingersoll-Rand Co. Announce Recall of Portable Air Compressors Sold
Between 1983 and 1991
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ingersoll-Rand Company, of Woodcliff
Lake, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 458,000 portable air compressors sold
between 1983 and 1991. Internal corrosion to the inner wall of the air receiver
tank can cause the air tank to unexpectedly rupture allowing pressurized air to
suddenly and forcefully escape, posing risk of injury to
Ingersoll-Rand has received 11 reports of sudden tank failure
in these portable air compressors. No injuries have been reported.
recalled portable compressors have single-phase electric motors up to 3hp or
gasoline engines up to 8hp with tank sizes up to 30 gallons. The compressors
were marketed under various brand names, including Ajax, Charge Air Pro,
Energair, Guardian Power, MacTool, Power Force, Rallye, Rand 4000, and Steel
Driver. The compressors have serial numbers beginning with the prefix "C" or
"DC". The model numbers begin with the following prefixes - 1B, 1D, 1E, 1I, 2B,
2D, 2E, 3B, 3D, 3E, 4B, 4E, 5E, 5G, 15E, 23HP, 75, 75E, 250E, AB, AIR, AJ, C,
CAP, CB, CL, CO, CP, CR, CS, CT, EA, GC, GP, HP, HPC, IR, IRC, LTD, MT, OI, PF,
RA, RL, RP, RY, SC, SDS, SE, THP, and WB. Model and serial numbers are located
on a plate or sticker attached to the outside housing of the air compressor. On
some oil-less models, the model and serial numbers are affixed to an internal
floor baffle beneath a removable plastic cabinet.
construction supply stores nationwide sold the air compressors from 1983 through
1991 for between $150 and $400.
Air compressor receiver tanks do not have
an infinite life. Tank life is dependent upon several factors, some of which
include operating conditions, ambient conditions, proper installations, field
modifications, and the level of maintenance. The exact effect of these factors
on air receiver life is difficult to predict. Due to the current age of these
products, Ingersoll-Rand is voluntarily undertaking this action to take these
products out of service.
Consumers should stop using the air compressors
immediately and contact Ingersoll-Rand for instructions on returning the
compressor, freight paid. Consumers will have the option of being sent a check
for $100.00 or receiving a $200.00 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2T2
air compressor. For more information, consumers can contact Ingersoll-Rand at
(877) 552-2952 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the
firm's web site at www.air.ingersoll-rand.com (note recall no longer available
on firm's web site).