December 20, 1995
Release # 96-050
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC,Tanaka American Recall Backpack Blowers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tanaka America of Kent, Wash., is announcing
the recall of approximately 11,000 Tanaka and Ariens leaf blowers. The blower's fuel tank
could leak, presenting a possible fire hazard.
The blowers are mounted on a black metal backpack frame with padded shoulder staps, an
orange fuel tank, and black blower tubes. The names and model numbers of the manufacturer
are printed in the center of the blower's fuel tank or on the recoil starter. Tanaka
models TBL-455 and TBL-500 and the Ariens model BB-430 blowers are involved in this
The leaf blowers were sold nationwide from January 1986 to December 1992 for between $400
and $460 each.
Consumers who own Tanaka and Ariens blowers with these model numbers should stop using
them immediately and return them to any Authorized Tanaka Servicing dealer. The backpack
blowers will be fitted with a redesigned fuel tank at no charge. For more information,
consumers should call Tanaka toll-free at (800) 313-5580.
Tanaka has not received any reports of consumers who were injured in incidents involving
the fuel leaks. Tanaka is conducting this recall to prevent the possibility of injury.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
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