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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
January 11, 2005
Release # 05-081
Firm's Hotline: (800) 854-3218
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, SHURflo Announce Recall to Repair Backpack Sprayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: ProPack Rechargeable Electric Backpack Sprayers

Units: About 6,100

Manufacturer: SHURflo LLC, of Cypress, Calif.

Hazard: The power plug can corrode after extensive exposure to water and corrosive chemicals, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of power plug failures and one report of a minor fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled SHURflo ProPack Model SRS-540 rechargeable electric backpack sprayers have manufacture dates before September 2004. The model number and manufacture date are printed on a label affixed to the motor bracket, which can found by removing the battery pack. The sprayers have a clear or black hose, aluminum spray lance, and a white body. The words "SHURflo" and "Pro Pack" are printed on a label on the front of the unit.

Sold at: Pest control, turf care, sanitary maintenance and tool and equipment distributors nationwide from July 2003 through August 2004 for between $170 and $215.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the backpack sprayers immediately and contact SHURflo to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Call SHURflo at (800) 854-3218 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the SHURflo Web site at http://www.shurflo.com/pages/gen/news.htm

Picture of Recalled ProPack  Electric Backpack Sprayers