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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

April 24, 2001
Release # 01-128
Company Phone Number: (800) 433-5640
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson or Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052 or 1189

Backpack Blowers Recalled by Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA

PRODUCT: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., in cooperation with Star Garden Supply Inc., of Pico Rivera, Calif., and TMC Power Equipment Inc., of Monterey Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 ASTRON and TMC backpack blowers. ASTRON and TMC dealers nationwide sold the backpack blowers to lawn and garden companies from October 2000 through February 2001 for about $500. The recalled backpack blowers were manufactured under two different model names; though, each uses a TEX54D Kawasaki engine:

The blower serial numbers can be found on the blower base of the ASTRON products, and on the fan case of TMC products. The engine serial numbers can be found at the bottom of the recoil starter:

Product Model Blower Serial No. Ranges Engine Serial No. Ranges
ASTRON KB-541 0950001 through 0950700
0X50001 through 0X50700
0Y50001 through 0Y50700
TEX54D-AE80 159675 through 160384
TEX54D-AE80 160901 through 161600
TEX54D-AE80 162056 through 162755
TMC KTBL-5600XA 56010001 through 56011050 TEX54D-AF70 161701 through 162050
TEX54D-BF70 172943 through 173642

PROBLEM: The engine exhaust can emit flames, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Kawasaki has received two reports of flames coming out of the engine exhaust. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the backpack blowers immediately, and call their local ASTRON or TMC dealer for a free repair. For more information, call Kawasaki toll-free at (800) 433-5640 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Picture of Recalled Astron Backback Blower
Picture of Recalled TMC Backback Blower