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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 15, 2004
Alert #04-565

CPSC, Tristar Products Inc. Announce Recall of Electric Pressure Washers

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Turbo Tiger Power Washer

Units: 1,000

Importer: Tristar Products Inc., of Fairfield, N.J.

Manufacturer: Zhejiang Anlu Cleaning Machinery Co. Ltd., of China

Hazard: These electric pressure washers do not have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) on the power cord, which poses a serious electrocution hazard if the unit comes into contact with water.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: The recalled electric pressure washers are yellow with a black three-prong power cord. A label on the front reads "Turbo Tiger Power Washer."

Sold by: Tristar Products Inc. through direct-response television commercials shown nationwide, as well as on Tristar's Web site They were sold between June 2002 and June 2003 for about $190, including shipping and handling. Turbo Tiger units sold through The Home Shopping Network or other sources that already have a GFCI at the end of the power cord are not included in this recall.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the electric pressure washers immediately. Tristar will send consumers a portable GFCI that can be attached to the end of the power cord, which will provide consumers with shock protection. If you purchased your pressure washer from a pre- recorded television commercial or and you have not received the portable GFCI, please contact Tristar to receive a GFCI.

Consumer Contact: Call Tristar at (800) 649-2297 between 8:30 am and 8:00pm ET Monday through Friday or e-mail the firm at

picture of recalled pressure washers