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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 25, 2006
Release #06-073
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 242-4672
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Leaf Blowers Sold at Home Depot Recalled for Laceration Hazard

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

Name of Product: Homelite Vac Attack II Blower

Units: About 1,550

Importer: Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C.

Hazard: The blowers are missing the doors covering the vacuum inlet. This exposes the blower's fan blade, posing a risk of finger laceration to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled blower is used outside to blow, vacuum or mulch leaves. "Homelite" is printed on the top of the blower. The blower is red with a black nozzle, and weighs about 10 lbs. Model number UT08542 or UT08542A is printed on the operator's manual. Only blowers missing the black cover over the fan are included in the recall. "Homelite" and "Vac Attack II" are written on the fan cover. A bag connects to the blower to collect the leaves or mulch.

Sold at: Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2005 through November 2005 for about $99.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these blowers immediately and return them to a Home Depot store for a new blower or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact Homelite toll-free at (800) 242-4672 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.homelite.com/ .

Picture of Recalled Blower with Missing Vacuum Inlet Cover
Recalled Blower with Missing Vacuum Inlet Cover




Picture of Blower with Fan Cover
Blower with Fan Cover