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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 15, 2004
Release # 05-045
RMM Recall Hotline: (800) 304-1316
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, RMM Corporation Announce Recall of BLACK CAT Electric Pressure Washers

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: BLACK CAT Electric Pressure Washer

Units: About 30,500

Manufacturer: Shanghai MeiHao Electric Co. Ltd., of Shanghai, China

U.S. Distributor: RMM Corporation, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hazard: The electric motor in the pressure washer can overheat and melt the housing, possibly igniting nearby flammable materials or exposing live electrical parts.

Incidents/Injuries: RMM and CPSC are aware of 14 incidents of pressure washers overheating, including one report of damage to a wooden deck. Many of these incidents occurred when the pressure washer was left running and unattended. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled pressure washers have a black plastic housing and a BLACK CAT logo on both sides of the unit. "MCM International," "Model TW1800" or "Model BC2200" appear on a silver label on the recalled units.

Sold at: Target and Menard's stores sold the recalled pressure washers between March 2002 and September 2002 for about $145.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled electric pressure washers immediately and contact RMM to arrange for a refund or free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call RMM Corporation at (800) 304-1316 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Picture of Recalled Electric Pressure Washer